Updated: Jul 1, 2021
Reading aloud provides many benefits to children of all ages, from strengthening their vocabulary to increasing their concentration. This can begin from babies and should continue even when children are able to read independently. Sharing stories builds bonds and allows children to build their imagination.
Below are six benefits of reading aloud with children:
1. DEVELOPS VOCABULARLY
Children learn and develop by observing and imitating those around them. They acquire language largely through listening. By reading aloud to a child, it allows them to regularly hear new words in new contexts, which builds their vocabulary and helps them develop a stronger awareness of language to allow them to use it to express themselves.
2. INCREASES CONCENTRATION
Being read to allows for a slower unfolding of events and ideas. This encourages children to listen, pay attention and concentrate, which in time can increase their overall attention span.
3. PROVIDES ENTERTAINMENT AND ENJOYMENT
Most children enjoy books being read to them, which encourages them to experience reading as something fun and positive. Reading aloud makes them more likely to become interested in learning to read, which is likely to lead to a lifelong love of books.
4. DEVELOPS IMAGINATION
Reading is one of the most effective ways to build a child’s imagination. The more stories a child hears, the more they expand their knowledge of new ideas and new things. When children listen to a story being read, they practise using their imagination by letting the words describe a certain image that they build in their mind. And simply hearing about new worlds and creatures, allows children to develop their own creativity in their own writing or play.
5. OFFERS A SAFE WAY TO EXPLORE EMOTIONS
Reading aloud stories that explore a certain emotion helps some children to understand their own feelings and how others may be feeling. If stories are read aloud together, it allows the child to feel more comfortable talking about their own emotions. It is a wonderful way to introduce new feelings and encourages more discussion about their own attitudes and thoughts.
6. BUILDS BONDS
Reading aloud with children is such a special activity to do. It provides quality time spent together, which can build stronger relationships. This can also help develop a child’s social and communication skills. So snuggle up, and enjoy a book together!
There is so much research out there that demonstrates how beneficial it is to read aloud to children. And I cannot stress it enough either! Therefore, please, please, please, read aloud to your children as often as you can!