5 Benefits of Reading for Kids.
We know it: reading at home —or reading at all— is probably one of the least favorite activities for children and adults. Reading skills are hard to acquire, but they are necessary for many aspects of human development.
But why is reading books so hard for children?
It probably has something to do with the fact that most reading is often associated with “learning” something. At school, we have to read certain textbooks and memorize dates or facts that we will certainly forget later in life. Somehow, reading has gained a negative component over the years.
However, we know that, among the many benefits of reading for kids, we can find that it helps them to gain and strengthen their literacy skills, and this is no minor thing. But let us dive further into this tricky business and learn more about other benefits of reading.
It helps them with vocabulary and word association.
When children start reading, they also begin to understand words and how to use them in certain contexts. For young readers, we recommend you choose books with lots of pictures on them.
Why? Because a picture in the book can help your kid with the association process on which language is based. If they know how a word “looks” they can understand it better.
Reading books guarantees that your child will be exposed to vocabulary on different topics. They will learn words they may not hear or read otherwise in their daily lives. For children who speak more than one language, reading is an easy way to improve their language skills, and it is also important to develop their fluency.
Reading helps to develop a child’s imagination.
Children’s books are often filled with fantastic stories and great characters.
Reading to your children or having them read these amazing stories full of adventures will transport them to those imaginary lands where monsters are affected by human problems and emotions.
More than that, it is very likely that if your children love the story, they will, later on, try to make it real. They will use the storyline to play pretend situations. Maybe, they will draw the world from the story in a way they think it looks. All this, together, will be key to their intellectual formation.
Read aloud better self-expression.
This is a direct consequence of the first benefit we listed. Once a child starts learning new words, they will have more room to express themselves properly.
For young children, expressing their feeling or thoughts is a bit frustrating, but after they learn a few more words and their meanings, it will be easier for them to tell adults and peers how they feel in different situations.
Reading helps with concentration and comprehension skills.
Older children can improve their concentration skills if they have reading time in their schedules. By reading constantly, they will learn to concentrate and sit still for long periods of time, which will be very useful when they go to school.
But more than that, reading constantly improves comprehension skills. Reading something and understanding it is a vital skill in the academic process of every person. Without it, learning something can be extremely frustrating and demanding.
Have you ever finished reading something without knowing if you really understood it?
Even though this is something that can happen to almost anyone, we can attenuate that just by reading on a regular basis.
We can foster this particular skill by promoting reading at home as a habit. It helps to arouse curiosity about different subjects, ask questions, try to answer them, process information and understand things better.
A child who regularly reads both what they are taught to read at school and recreational texts will likely have fewer problems learning new things.
Reading can improve emotional skills.
The vast majority of children’s stories are indeed full of incredible situations and magical beings. However, when you look closely at the storylines and the characters, you notice that they are all about human emotions.
Not only do stories help them understand emotions better, but they learn to put themselves in other people’s shoes and try to figure out what is happening to them and why. Children learn better when you put things in context for them.
If you are reading to your child, try to ask them from time to time what they think about certain situations, how they would react, what they would do differently.
If you are looking for ways to help your children to have a taste for reading, we got your back. You can read this article, where we break down some great tactics you can apply from now on to promote this lovely habit.
And you? Do you have story-time at home with your children? Would you like them to read more often?
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