November 1, 2021
Tag(s): Child Development
As someone drawn to the childcare industry, you likely remember listening to bedtime stories before being tucked in for the night or a favorite book that was read to you by a teacher in your own school. There is something magical about sharing a story with a child, and there are so many amazing ones out there. A good book can inspire wonder, be an important component in your children’s education, and create an opportunity for the development of many social and life skills.
At Kindertales, we encourage all of our centers to engender that love of reading to our children and to encourage you to reinforce this important skill to your parents as well. Today, we would like to take a few moments of your time to share some of the biggest benefits of reading to children. We are confident that once you see how impactful this shared reading time can be, you’ll be ordering new books for your library as fast as you can. Let’s take a look.
When you read with your children, you expose them to a diverse vocabulary, as well as emotions and vocal inflection. Over time, your kiddos will be able to use this vocabulary and emotional intelligence to communicate effectively so that they can successfully navigate real life situations.
Most young children do not care to sit still for long periods; however, story time is a chance to draw them into tales of all kinds. The experience of reading together fosters the skills of listening, focus, and concentration; all of which will become more and more necessary as they grow and move further on in their education. Additionally, their concentration will be rewarded when they are tuned in to hear the best part of the story. No one wants to miss out on that.
With so much technology and distraction in this busy world, it is more important than ever to take time to bond with your children. These dedicated moments are vital to their growth and development and reading a good book is the perfect way to strengthen your relationships with your little ones now and as they grow.
Books open up a world of information and experiences to young and old alike. They can transport you to far-off places, teach about cultural diversity, prepare your children for new situations, and help to teach important values and life lessons.
No electronic device or app can replace the benefit of sitting down and reading with your child. Children who are read to have more advanced social skills, perform better academically, and bond more closely with their parents and caregivers. At Kindertales, we hope that this information encourages you to do the same by sharing the wonderful world of books with your children.
Diana is a blog writer and early childhood education content specialist at Kindertales.