At Au Pair Link we encourage our au pairs to read to children here’s why…
Academic excellence. One of the primary benefits of reading to toddlers and preschoolers is a higher aptitude for learning in general. Numerous studies have shown that students who are exposed to reading before preschool are more likely to do well in all facets of formal education.
Basic speech skills. Throughout toddlerhood and preschool, your child is learning critical language and communication skills. By listening to you read, your child is reinforcing the basic sounds that form language. “Pretend reading” is a very important pre-literacy activity. As a preschooler, your child isl likely begin sounding out words on his own.
The nurturing one-on-one attention from parents during reading aloud encourages children to form a positive association with books and reading later in life.
Books contain many words that children are unlikely to encounter frequently in spoken language. Children’s books actually contain 50% more rare words than prime time television or even college students conversations.
Better communication skills. When you spend time reading to toddlers, they’ll be much more likely to express themselves and relate to others in a healthy way. By witnessing the interactions between the characters in the books you read, as well as the contact with you during story time, your child is gaining valuable communication skills.
Mastery of language. Early reading for toddlers has been linked to a better grasp of the fundamentals of language as they approach school age.
More logical thinking skills. Another illustration of the importance of reading to children is their ability to grasp abstract concepts, apply logic in various scenarios, recognize cause and effect, and utilize good judgment. As your toddler or preschooler begins to relate the scenarios in books to what’s happening in his own world, he’ll become more excited about the stories you share.
Enhanced concentration and discipline. Toddlers may initially squirm and become distracted during story time, but eventually they’ll learn to stay put for the duration of the book. Along with reading comprehension comes a stronger self-discipline, longer attention span, and better memory retention, all of which will serve your child well when she enters school.