We instinctively know that reading to your child is good, but the benefits are worth elaborating on. Here are five benefits of reading to children.
Cognitive development is “the construction of thought processes, including remembering, problem-solving, and decision-making, from childhood through adolescence to adulthood.” Reading improves cognitive skills and supports cognitive development by helping children think through stories and assimilate new information.
Better Language Skills
Children are born with no understanding of language. 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.
Imagination and Creativity
Children love the stories in books. These can be a springboard into imaginative play and increased creativity. They may dress up like their favorite storybook character or draw a picture of the story. Reading helps your child develop a big imagination and bigger dreams.
Improves Academic Success
Academic success hinges on language assimilation. Studies show that the more language skills a child has at kindergarten, the greater their academic success. While this may sound like a lot of pressure, simply reading to your children covers phonics, vocabulary, reading comprehension, phonemic awareness, and early reading skills.
It can be hard to prioritize reading to your child when you have so many other tasks vying for your time. Thankfully, our teachers take great delight in reading at Children’s Academy Childcare. Your child has access to quality literature and fun picture books that will spark their imagination, and improve their language skills so they’re ready for academic success.
If you’re looking to give your child a head start in school, contact Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool today!