The benefits of reading with children

Reading to babies

  • Stimulates their brains – which is rapidly developing
  • Help parents and their babies to bond
  • Begins to develop communication skills
  • Develops babies listening skills
  • Introduces babies to the rhythm and tone of vocabulary
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Reading to young children

  • Improves cognitive skills
  • Improves and develops children’s vocabulary
  • Develops empathy
  • Increases concentration time and ability
  • Provides a calming and bonding time for both parents and children
  • Develops listening skills
  • Expands children’s imagination

“Children learn to love the sound of language before they even notice the existence of printed words on a page . Reading books aloud to children stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of the world. It helps them develop language and listening skills and prepares them to understand the written word. When the rhythm and melody of language become a part of a child’s life, learning to read will be as natural as learning to walk and talk.”

Reading with your child by Bernice Cullinan and Brod Bagert

www.readingrockets.org/article/reading-your-child