Why it’s important to read to young children just being exposed to the merits of reading is a benefit within itself that highlight the importance of reading to children between the ages of two and five.
- A stronger relationship with others.As children grow, they are always on the move—playing, running, and constantly exploring their environment.
Academic excellence. One of the primary benefits of reading to preschoolers is a higher aptitude for learning in general. Numerous 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 be expected to grasp the math, science, and social concepts he’ll be presented with when he begins elementary school?
Basic speech skills. Throughout preschool, your child is learning the critical language and enunciation skills. By listening to you read One Fish, Two Fish Blue Fish Red Fish, your child is reinforcing the basic sounds that form language. It’s a very important pre-literacy activity. As a preschooler, your child will likely begin sounding out words on his own.
- The basics of how to read a book.Children aren’t born with an innate knowledge that text is read from left to right, or that the words on a page are separate from the images. Essential pre-reading skills like these are among the major benefits of early reading.
- Better communication skills.When you spend time reading to toddlers, they’ll be much more likely to express themselves and relate to others in a healthy way. By witnessing the interactions between the characters in the books you read, as well as the contact with you during story time, your child is gaining valuable communication skills.
- More logical thinking skills.Another illustration of the importance of reading to children is their ability to grasp abstract concepts, apply logic in various scenarios, recognize cause and effect, and utilize good judgment. As preschooler begins to relate the scenarios in books to what’s happening in his own world, he’ll become more excited about the stories you share.