Highfields' Own - - Education -

We’ve all been taught from a young age how im­por­tant it is to read. But with so many chil­dren grow­ing up with tech­nol­ogy, it is more im­por­tant than ever to en­cour­age chil­dren to read books and de­velop a love for read­ing.

Here are sev­eral rea­sons why it is im­por­tant to read with your chil­dren, es­pe­cially from ages two and up.

Ba­sic speech skills

Through­out tod­dler­hood and preschool, your child is learn­ing crit­i­cal lan­guage and enun­ci­a­tion skills.

By lis­ten­ing to you read One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, for ex­am­ple, your child is re­in­forc­ing the ba­sic sounds that form lan­guage.

Pre­tend read­ing — when a toddler pages through a book with squeals and jab­bers of de­light — is a very im­por­tant pre-lit­er­acy ac­tiv­ity.

As a preschooler, your child will likely be­gin sound­ing out words on his own.

The knowl­edge that read­ing is fun

Early read­ing for tod­dlers helps them view books as an in­dul­gence, not a chore.

Kids who are ex­posed to read­ing are much more likely to choose books over video games, tele­vi­sion and other forms of en­ter­tain­ment as they grow older.

Books have the power to ben­e­fit tod­dlers and preschool­ers in a myr­iad of ways.

As a par­ent, read­ing to your child is one of the most im­por­tant things you can do to pre­pare him with a foun­da­tion for aca­demic ex­cel­lence.

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, recog­nise cause and ef­fect and utilise good judg­ment.

As your toddler or 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.

The ba­sics of how to read a book

Chil­dren aren’t born with the 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.

Aca­demic ex­cel­lence

One of the pri­mary ben­e­fits of read­ing to tod­dlers and 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 they be ex­pected to grasp the maths, sci­ence and so­cial con­cepts they’ll be pre­sented with when they be­gins pri­mary school?

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.

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