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Reading can transport you to another world, another place, another time. It has the power to relax even those plagued with the most tremendous amount of stress. So just imagine what reading books can do for your children.
You might think that taking your children out of their current world and plopping them into an unfamiliar one would do nothing more than entertain them. However, reading books to your child can be educational. I’m not saying that you should solely read your children non-fiction. Expanding their imagination will always be important too. In fact, the imaginative worlds of fictional books can be educational in their own ways.
By reading books to your children, you can teach them more about language. Listening and reading with your child–even if they currently don’t know how to read–helps them to start building an understanding of what letters spell different words, how words flow together into sentences and so on. Giving your children the chance to reading along with you also them to learn how words are supposed to sound. This will all aid them when it does come the time for them to start reading and also this will help them to expand their vocabulary.
Looking back at my childhood, I remember my father reading to me and teaching me more about language using the old Hooked-on-Phonics system. I have to admit that I hated Hooked-on-Phonics, but I did enjoy spending that time with my father. Learning more about language with my father gave me the chance to spend more time with him that I wouldn’t give up for anything in the world.
Reading books with your children can actually help them when they are ready to start schooling. Because they have the basic knowledge and understanding of language, they’ll be able to put together words and make sentences more easily. Your children won’t have to struggle as much to read words and sentences because it will be something that you’ve already worked with them on.
By reading when I was younger, I feel as though I was more prepared for school. I can’t say that I was the perfect student and that I could read better than all the rest, but I could read better than some. It was all because I was read to when I was a kid.
Improving Your Relationship
Importantly, reading books with your children can also help the relationship that you share.
Reading time can be seen as bonding time. When you read with your child, you are given the opportunity to bond with your children, to share stories with them, and you get the chance to simply enjoy the company of your children as they enjoy having you around. By reading books with your children, you are both taken away from the stressors of the day, allowing you to spend quality time together and, of course, have some fun together learning about new places and characters.
As I mentioned above, I spent a good bit of time with my father learning how to read and more about language. Now that he’s passed, I can’t help but treasure that time with him; though, at the time, I didn’t particularly like spending those hours with Hooked-on-Phonics.
My mother also read to me when I was young, which I think helped us to bond. I can remember her reading The Lion King to me because it had become my favorite movie and quickly thereafter, my favorite book. At the time I didn’t realize it, but I think my relationship with both of my parents improved because they read with me and helped me to expand my imagination, language, communication skills, and more.
You can also take this time with your children to make reading more interactive. For example, if you use voices while reading, emphasizing characters, it will keep your child more engaged in the story. This will be easier if you take the time to really get into the story with them. Also, if you show your interest in the story, they will only become more interested in story, making them want to read more with you.
There are many books that you can purchase for your children. Most of which you can buy at a reasonable price. Though, in the end, you could never put a price on what you and your children can receive from reading books together.
I hope that I’ve inspired you and have given you more reason to go out and buy a book that you can read together with your children. Bond, learn and have fun with your children!
What are your favorite books to read with your children?
Don’t have any children? Tell us what your favorite books to read were when you were a child.
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Posted on February 10, 2013 by Felicia