When you read to a child, you are opening the door to a world overflowing with creativity and depth. The power of words, language, and story all intermingle to guide the child down the ever-exapsnive corridors of their imagination. Reading to a child instills a deep sense of empowerment into their being. They take the experience of books, of reading and learning, with them forever, as they grow and evolve into adults.
Here are just several of the many benefits of reading to children…
It enhances Cognitive Development.
Cognitive Development is based in remembering, making decisions, thinking, and understanding the world around us. Also known as intellectual development, it has to do with the way a child reasons and perceives. A child who receives the gift of being read to, on a consistent basis, will have more of a deeper awareness and understanding of language, communication, and words than a child who isn’t being read to. This will, in turn, allow for the enhancement of Cognitive Development.
In 2006, there was a study published in the Child Development journal which showed that…
“...English-speaking mothers who begin reading to their children at a very early age have toddlers with greater language comprehension, larger, more expressive vocabularies and higher cognitive scores by the age of 2. Meanwhile, Spanish-speaking mothers who read to their children every day have 3-year-olds with greater language and cognitive development than those who aren't read to.”
It forges a deep bond between you and your children.
When you take time out of your day to sit with your child and read, it pays off tremendously. Not only are you spending time together, but you’re doing it by way of language and words. You’re communicating and connecting about the stories and characters. You’re speaking with them and finding similarities between your lives and the ones you read about in the books. Having this bonding time together will deeply enhance your relationship with your child.
It opens up their imagination.
Children come into this world, open to the limitless potential that exists in the imagination. As they grow, it’s essential to keep them locked in to this potential, so that they can use it to spark their expression in the world, as they become adults, whether it’s through their relationships, their work, or their creativity. Unfortunately, sometimes, as we grow older, it’s easy to lose this connection to the imagination. But when reading comes in to play, the imagination of a child gets consistent exercise. It is cultivated to stretch and expand beyond all boundaries. Access to stories that involve different characters, mindsets, perspectives, worlds, feelings, and ideas all are beneficial in shaping a child’s imagination.
It will instill a love of reading throughout life.
If children are consistently being read to, they will associate reading with warmth and good memories. This will fuel their passion to keep reading in their lives. And there have been many studies done, which show that reading delivers major rewards. The studies show that people who read books have greater empathy, are able to reduce stress, keep their brains sharper, and are actually decreasing their odds of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Grab a book, and start reading to your children, whether you’re a parent or a provider! Soon, we’ll be sharing some of our favorite children’s books, so that you have new ideas for your own library.