Why to Read to Your Child

Why to Read to Your Child

Reading to your child is one of the simplest and most effective ways to boost your child’s English and their performance in school. Reading to your child can also have a number of other benefits such as strengthening the parent child bond, helping a child’s cognitive development and making a child into a lifelong reader.

In this post, I will explain 10 reasons why you should read aloud to your child.

    1. Your child will become a lifelong reader.
    2. You will help your child understand how to comprehend a story.
    3. You will be able to show the emotion and meaning of words.
    4. They will be exposed to many more words at a young age.
    5. Your child will also encounter more varied and unusual sentence structures and patterns.
    6. The bond with your child will be strengthened.
    7. You will help you child’s cognitive development.
    8. Your child will be more successful in later life.
    9. They can learn many life lessons and develop emotionally.
    10. Your child’s attention span will grow.


Your child will become a lifelong reader –

Children are made into readers by their parents. If a parent enjoys reading with a child. It’s almost certain that a child will enjoy reading. When you read to your child, you can bring a book, its story and the characters to life. Your child will become excited about reading and what is contained in each book. As they begin to learn to read themselves, this will serve as motivation to help them learn!

You will help your child understand how to comprehend a story –

Reading to your child will model how a book should be understood. The speed of how you read; your timing and pauses; the words you emphasise; when you stop and reflect – these all give clues as to what is really happening in the story. As you read you can encourage your child to predict what might happen and discuss how characters are feeling. You can also give your ideas as examples. All of this combined will help your child gain an understanding of how to comprehend stories and how to learn lessons from them.

You will be able to show the emotion and meaning of words.

Your child will be exposed to many more words at a young age –

A study has shown that children who read 5 books a day will hear over a million more words by the time they enter kindergarten than those who have not been read to. This is a huge difference and is bound to have a big effect on success in the classroom. But there’s more, reading a variety of books on different subjects will enable your child to encounter specific terminology associated with those topics. For example books about animals might discuss features of animals such as wings, fins, tails, fur, feathers etc. Whereas books about sports might discuss balls, rackets, nets and courts, score and goal. For a young child, books may be the first time they hear some of these terms and learn what they mean.

Your child will also encounter more varied and unusual sentence structures and patterns –

Not only will your child encounter a wider variety of vocabulary. They will also come across many new sentence structures. Children will naturally adopt these into their English usage. In a factual book, sentences could mostly be in present simple tense. However, a storybook may contain a mix of sentences as well as direct and reported speech. It’s easy to understand that hearing a greater variety of sentence structurings will allow our children to

You will strengthen the bond with your child –

A 2008 study showed that reading can be a strong shared experience and can build the bond between you and your child. There aren’t many times in the day that you can spend time with your child on a shared activity. Reading is a special opportunity that your child will look forward to.

You will help your child’s cognitive development –

It has been scientifically proven that reading will help a child’s cognitive development. That is the development of their thinking, reasoning and memory skills. There is a problem though, reading is actually a very difficult and frustrating skill to learn. When a child is learning to read, the actual process of reading takes so much effort, that a child doesn’t have the time or focus to actually take in the story and think about the characters. This makes reading seem difficult rather than exciting. By reading to your child, you can help the process along and allow your child to get the mental benefits of reading.

Your child will be more successful in later life –

Exposure to language in the form of reading, singing or even talking to a child has been shown to have a huge impact in their development and success later in life.

Your child will learn life lessons and develop emotionally –

Books contain many situations that the characters have to deal with. This allows you the opportunity to talk about these situations and the different possible outcomes. Your child can also see how the characters in the book behave and see the consequences of their actions. Furthermore, your child will see the positive and negative impacts of what is happening in the stories they read and be able to think about how to deal with them.

Your child’s attention span will grow –

When you first read to your child, they may lose interest very quickly, or want to discuss a picture on the page. That’s ok, it’s all part of the process. The more you read, the more your child will be able to focus and be part of the reading process. At first, keep reading fun and brief, as your child gets used to stories they will want to read more and more.



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