From a young age, babies are able to look at pictures and randomly point to objects on pages of a books. Children love the sound of language long before they are able to understand the spoken word and long before they notice the existence of printed words on a page. Reading books to children stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of the world. It also helps them develop critical language and communication skills.
How to effectively read with children
When reading to children, guide them by pointing to the pictures, whilst saying the names of the objects. Associating words while pointing to pictures and real-life objects helps children learn the importance of language and their natural cognitive development allows them to link words with objects and images.
Use voice tone to create energy, excitement and emotions
When rhythm and melody of language become a natural part of a child’s life, learning to read comes naturally.
Needless to say, reading and sharing stories comes with endless benefits.
- Reading helps children develop early literacy skills, as they understand sounds, words and language.
- It helps children understand how to value books and stories
- It sparks children’s imagination and stimulates their curiosity
- It enhances their social and communication skills and so much more!
Something as simple as looking at books with your child helps model positive characteristics, such as proper book handling. By observing us, children learn the basic etiquette of how books are used, as they watch us handling books and turning pages. And of course, the most important benefit of taking the time to read to children is that it sends an important message: Reading is worthwhile!
Reading stories to children comes with benefits for grown-ups too. The special time you spend reading together promotes bonding and helps to further strengthen that relationship.
Our ultimate goal is to motivate children to want to read, so that they can practice reading independently as they grow, ultimately helping them become fluent readers and knowledgeable. Of course, this can only happen when children enjoy reading.
We can help children find the tools they need to succeed in life. Accessing information through books is an absolute necessity. It goes without saying that knowledge is power and books are full of it. With our guidance, children can create a lifelong relationship with the printed word, so they grow into adults who read easily and frequently, be it for knowledge, work or pleasure.
There is no activity more beneficial when preparing your child to succeed as a reader, than reading aloud together. Fill story times with a variety of books. Be consistent, be patient, be creative and watch the magic that occurs as a result!
Tips for sharing books with babies and young children
- Make a routine and try to share at least one book every day.
- Find a quiet place to read
- Try out funny noises and sounds – make it exciting and have fun!
- Let your children choose the stories they like once they are old enough – and be prepared to read their favourite books over and over and over again!