- It helps with language and literacy skills.
Reading with your children is proven to drastically improve speech, vocabulary, writing, story comprehension, and reading skills. This is a great way to supplement your child’s schooling at-home, especially after COVID-19 delayed many students’ learning progression timelines.
- It encourages a natural love of learning.
Allowing your children to explore topics they’re interested in through books is a wonderful way to encourage their natural curiosity and love of learning! Let your child select some of the books you read, make going to the library a fun outing, and show enthusiasm about reading to demonstrate to your children what a gift it is.
- It opens up the door to conversation.
Stumble upon a word you both are unfamiliar with? Take the time to look it up and learn together! Does your child have questions about the narrative or characters? Use reading as an opportunity to encourage conversations with your child about everything, from shared experiences and characters’ emotions, to more serious topics you might be reading about.
- It eases anxiety.
Studies show that reading helps reduce stress by forcing you and your children to slow down and focus on what you’re reading. Reading is a great way to ease into the day or unwind after a long day of work or school.
- It builds memories!
Reading is shown to support a better relationship between parents and their children. Taking a little time each day to read with your child can create lasting, positive effects and good memories they will cherish for years to come.
By Kathryn Pluta