Benefits of Reading Aloud
It was exciting to see that so many parents led Reading Aloud activities to our students in the PreK1 classrooms during last week’s SIS International Week. Reading aloud to a child is one of the most important things we can do to promote children’s future reading ability. Whether we choose a book from your home bookshelf or one from library, sharing this special read-aloud time with a child is beneficial in numerous ways. Here are five great reasons for Reading Aloud to children.
- Reading aloud a book to children creates a lifetime interest in reading. Children generally enjoy being read to, which encourages them to see and experience reading as something fun and positive. If we start reading to our children while they are young, they will be much more likely to grow into the habit of reading.
- Reading aloud to young children extends their attention spans. Unlike watching TV, reading or being read to promotes a slower unfolding of events and ideas. This encourages children to listen, pay attention and concentrate, which after a while can increase their overall attention span.
- Reading aloud builds stronger vocabulary as it lets children regularly hear new words in new story contexts, that build their vocabulary and helps them for a stronger language development.
- Reading aloud strengthens the power of children’s imagination. When we read to our children, they visualize and imagine the story’s events in their minds. Through the pages of a book, children are able to experience events and situations that are outside of their own personal experiences.
- Reading aloud with children provides bonding time with parents-children. The quality time spent together benefits bonding and strengthens relationships, making it easier for children to develop their social, communication and interpersonal skills.