We all know reading to our kids is a good thing, but are you familiar with the specific advantages your toddler or preschool-age child can get by being exposed to books and reading? Below are some benefits that highlight the importance of reading to your child between the ages of two and six. Since my daughter is being educated in a second language (English), it’s even more important to have that reading going on so which will keep her excited! In this post you’ll get to know about the advantages and fun of reading!
A stronger relationship with you
As Ophelia grows older, she ‘moves’ a lot: playing, running, and constantly exploring her environment. Snuggling up with a book lets the two of us (or with her dad…actually mostly with him haha!) slow down and recapture that sweet, cuddly time we enjoyed when she was a baby. Instead of being seen as a task, reading will become a nurturing activity that will bring the two of you closer together.
One of the primary benefits of reading to babies, toddlers and preschoolers is a higher talent for learning in general. Especially being raised bilingually! Lots of studies have shown that students who are exposed to reading before preschool are more likely to do well in all facets of formal education. After all, if a student struggles to put together words and sentences, how can he understand all what is ‘happening’ when he starts in elementary school?
Basic speech skills
Ophelia started “pretend reading” when she was about a year or so. She paged through a book and pretended she was reading it by using ‘jabberish’ language. She liked it very much and it gave her a delighted, ‘grown up’ feeling. We laughed about her a lot back then because she was too cute when she held the book in her tiny, chubby hands while turning pages 😀 ! This is a very important pre-literacy activity though. As a preschooler, your child will likely begin sounding out words on his own. We are pretty sure that this helped Ophelia a lot with her ‘talking’ skills. We read her stories when she was a couple months old. In the beginning we both felt a bit ‘awkward’ doing that knowing she wouldn’t understand a single word of what we were saying. But her curious eyes and ears and the fact it calmed her down, made us continue reading her stories until the day of today.
The knowledge that reading is fun!
Early reading for toddlers helps them view books as a ‘relaxation’, not a ‘must’. Kids who are exposed to reading at a really young age, are much more likely to choose books over video games, television, and other forms of entertainment as they grow older. Well, Ophelia still likes ‘reading’ books and being read and we hope she’ll enjoy that for as long as possible!
Do you have other recommendations? I’ll be delighted to hear which ones are your favourite!