I’ve started to read aloud when my baby boy was still inside my bump. Why? I wanted to be sure that he will be able to recognise my voice. Also, I’ve read somewhere that’s good for babies. Today I will explain to you why it’s so important and why it should be your habit.
First of all, if you want to raise happy and intelligent (little) human you should read to your baby for at least 20 minutes. Every day! I will give you 15 benefits that highlight the importance of reading to your child. So if you didn’t start it yet it’s the perfect time to catch up.
- Helps to build a stronger relationship with you
- Strengthens self-esteem
- Improves imagination
- Enhanced concentration
- Prepares for independent reading and writing
- Acclimation to new experiences
- Mastery of language
- Better communication skills
- Memory improvement
- Higher aptitude for learning in general
- Improves speech skills
- More logical thinking skills
- Helps prepare their minds to succeed in school
- The basics of how to read a book
- Improves general knowledge
Reading together is family time; it is your precious time for cuddles, sharing your point of view but also a time to listen. When we build a conversation around a story we encourage our children to communicate with us. Studies show that early reading with children helps them learn to speak, interact, understand the world around them. Books teach your child what is good and what is bad, what is real and what is not. When you’re reading aloud you’re increasing your baby’s vocabulary. On the beginning, your child learns about colors, shapes, numbers, and letters and later discovers an expanding chain of knowledge.
What’s most important your baby will be less willing to watch TV, play on the computer and other electronic gadgets. He will understand that reading books can be fun and a pleasure.
And on the end, I’ve prepared for you a Stephen’s King quote:
‘Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn’t carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life.’
Don’t forget that reading aloud to your children is an investment in his future.