Reading to Children: The Benefits

Adults are instinctively drawn to reading to children. A special bond develops as adults show children their world through books.

Here are five benefits of reading to children.

Improved Language Skills

Children are born as blank slates concerning language; their brains are like sponges, readily able to absorb even multiple languages simultaneously. Reading, even from infancy, helps children understand how language communicates with their world.

Reading various books improves language acquisition, social skills, communication, and literacy skills.

Boosts Cognitive Development

Cognitive development is “the construction of thought processes, including remembering, problem-solving, and decision-making, from childhood through adolescence to adulthood.” Reading helps children think through stories and assimilate new ideas and information, thus supporting cognitive development.

Indicates Academic Success

Academic success hinges on language assimilation; if a child doesn’t understand spoken language, their learning is impaired. This is reflected in some studies that conclude the more language skills a child has at kindergarten, the greater their academic success.

The simple task of reading covers phonics, vocabulary, reading comprehension, phonemic awareness, and early reading skills.

Boosts Imagination and Creativity

Children are drawn to the stories in books, often wanting to be read the same story repeatedly. These stories can be a springboard into imaginative play and increased creativity. Children may dress up like their favorite storybook character or draw a picture of the story.

It can be hard to prioritize reading to your child. Thankfully, our teachers take great delight in reading at Bright Start Louisville. All our classrooms include quality literature and fun picture books that will spark their imagination and improve their language skills, so they’re ready for academic success.

Bright Start Louisville offers exceptional childcare to children six weeks to 12 years old. We’re proud to offer a fun and educational preschool program that prepares your child for kindergarten per state educational standards.

If you’re looking for excellent childcare that gives your child a head start in life, contact Bright Start Louisville today!

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