What are the benefits of reading To Children? All parents want the best for their children, and they know that helping them learn to read is one of the most important things they can do.
There are so many benefits to reading, it is often hard to know where to begin. If you enjoy reading for pleasure you’ll know that there are other benefits to being able to read as well. Some of these are being able to follow instructions, understand a complicated email or teach yourself a new skill.
Modern Media & Reading
Thanks to the expedient popularity of blogging, being able to read all manner of articles and posts online is crucial even though there has been a downturn in print books.
Today, thanks to search engines such as Google anyone with a smartphone and access to the internet can find out the answer to any question they want. They might want to know how to replant a cactus, build a hen house or train their dog. In truth, there isn’t anything you can’t learn from reading online.
Can you imagine how limiting it must be for an adult who struggles with reading? How can they simply jump online and research a topic? How can they read, comprehend, and then act on information? And, while most blogs are written in a simpler form for quick and easy understanding, these people are still at a real disadvantage.
You want your child to be one of those people that reads well. To be one of those people who can scan a blog post and learn how to quickly change a tap washer; and one of those people who can learn anything they put their mind to because they can do their own research online.
And of course, you want your child to read for pleasure. How else can he or she discover important worlds or meet fascinating people?
5 Life Changing Benefits of reading to Children
1.Children Who Read Can Concentrate Longer – Benefits of reading to Children
Reading takes time. An early reader scans words to recognize letters and the sounds they make. As a child’s reading progresses he or she must then put those words into sentences that contain a subject and a predicate. From here a child must be able to read and make sense of picture book and work their way up to chapter books and novels.
In short, reading a story takes time to learn because it is an extremely complex process, but how can a child benefit from this process?
Reading improves concentration and also a sense of mindfulness. Reading gives the child a chance to be still and quiet. It also ensures that a child learns to concentrate and stay focused on one thing, a book, for a long period of time.
When watching television or playing video games the images and sounds are constantly changing. It is difficult for a child to follow what’s going on, and as mentioned, this overstimulation also has an adverse effect on behaviour.
Reading can be beneficial for a child’s ability to concentrate on longer tasks when they grow older, and to help them meditate and find peace.
2. Reading Opens Up Whole New Worlds! – Benefits of reading to Children
Through reading a variety of books children learn about people, places, and events outside of their own experience.
Even if a child grows to love travelling as an adult, it is unlikely that he or she will see everything there is to see on our wonderful planet. Reading, however, can take them to worlds they may never travel to. Children can learn about tribes in deepest, darkest Papua New Guinea. They can learn how the people of Siberia keep warm, and they can learn what life is like for a child just like them in cities far away and unknown.
Kids can also learn about other cultures, festivals and with the rise in self-help books specially created for children, they can learn how the world around them works. They can also learn what they can do if they feel unhappy or depressed; what to do if their grandparents are sick, or how their mommy is going to have another baby!
3.Reading Improves Vocabulary and Language – Benefits of reading to Children
Early books have a limited vocabulary so children can become familiar with the words they see written on the page. Books created for older children introduce them to new and interesting words.
As an early reader absorbs information on sentence structure, phrases and other word forms, they are also being exposed to how words are used in other language features and in their writing and speaking.
Building a child’s vocabulary is one of the most important things any parent and teacher can do. A child should have a vocabulary of approximately 3,000 to 4,000 words before beginning school. This is about 90% of the words a child will ever learn. If a child has a poor vocabulary when they begin school studies show that they may never learn to read and write well.
Reading books from a wide variety of sources helps children to grow their vocabulary. They will come across words they have never seen before and search for an answer. They may also come across a word they know which has been used in an unfamiliar context. The word ‘clip’ for example was recently spotted by one a child. Knowing the word refers to a device used to keep two things together, they were puzzled when it was used as a verb to describe how fast someone shot across a swimming pool.
(Clip: movement at a specified speed or rate, especially when rapid.)
4. Reading Stimulates a Child’s Imagination – Benefits of reading to Children
Have you noticed that as a child’s reading improves the illustrations in books declines? This is for good reason.
Early readers need illustrations to help them build context around the plot and to work out what words mean. However, as the child’s brain becomes stronger their own imagination is expected to take over.
If you ever want to see this in action, read a story to a group of children and ask them to draw what they think the main character looks like. You may be surprised at the outcome, but there is nothing wrong with that.
When reading to a child an important practice is to encourage the child to predict what might happen next? Stop mid-story, and ask them to use their imagination to tell the story in a different way.
As well, children should be encouraged to stop and reflect on what they have read and consider what they would change or do differently.
They should also think about how the characters are feeling. Would they feel the same? These questions help build empathy and a deeper understanding of others’ needs and emotions.
There is no other medium which allows a child’s imagination to be stimulated and grown like reading.
5. Books and Stories allow us to Bond and Create Wonderful Memories Together – Benefits of reading to Children
Did someone read to you? What did that feel like? Do you cherish those memories because they are so much more special than any others? For many of us a love of reading was encouraged by the moments we spent with the adults in our lives.
Whether you are a parent, teacher or grandparent you will know that spending quiet time with the children in your life is very precious.
Reading and sharing an adventure, a scary book or learning how clocks work is a great way to begin to build a deep relationship with your children. It is not expensive or difficult for most people either. Reading with or to a child can be done by anyone, and the benefits last for many years.
You might even try reading out loud together too! Share reading pages or sections of a book to encourage children to build their vocabulary and speaking skills.
Some of the benefits of reading together include book handling and naming skills, understanding how stories work, recognition of sounds and letters, and a knowledge of a wide range of words. It also teaches children the ability to listen, concentrate, and stay focused.
Best of all, if you can read and use your voice to bring characters to life, make funny sounds and make reading so much more fun, then you will be going a long way to raising confident children who will embrace books and all the wonders they have to offer.
2 Surefire Tips to ensure your children become great readers?
1. Read a Little Bit Each Day
One of my favourite approaches to life is to do a little bit often. How do you eat an elephant? Why, one bite at a time!
Reading is a complex task which many children struggle with when they first start. We all know that perseverance pays off, and so does persistence. However, if something becomes too strenuous, it is better to tackle it in smaller doses.
If a child feels that he or she isn’t coping they may just accept they are not good at reading and give up. This is not the best way to begin a lifelong love of books.
If we encourage children to read for 5 or 10 minutes at a time they will begin to feel real success. They won’t be overtaxed by the physical act of reading but will see that it is something that they can learn to do in smaller chunks.
We all know that practice makes perfect in all areas of life, and reading is no exception.
2.Think of Reading like a Sport
Learning to read exercises your brain. Just like a physical sport exercises your body, reading is a great way to stretch and train your brain.
You wouldn’t get up one morning and decide to run a marathon. No, instead you would work up to running those miles by preparing your body in shorter stints.
Think of your child’s brain as a muscle. It needs to be gently coaxed and stimulated over time to become strong.
Unlike watching television or playing video games, reading actually strengthens a child’s brain. Passive activities tend to slow the brain down or over stimulate some areas and not others. This is why some children become naughty after watching TV. Their brains are absorbing images and sound so fast they react badly to them.
Reading builds and strengthens pathways in a child’s brain that result in the brain becoming stronger. It then can take in more information, absorb it, process it, and when necessary, recall it.
Many children that are poor readers haven’t had the opportunity to have their brains strengthened by the physical act of reading.
About Susan Day
Susan Day is a passionate author, educator and, of course, a grandmother. She wants to empower all grandparents to build meaningful relationships with their grandchildren. Discover here the Top 10 Things Happy Grandparents Never Regret Doing.
Susan lives in country Australia with four dogs, three bossy cats, two rescue guinea pigs, and an errant kangaroo.