Today’s post is about the benefits of reading aloud with children and is dedicated to you if you are a caring parent.
What would you do, if you see your child is lacking the proper vocabulary, failing to grab the moral values invested in his lessons or lagging behind in conversational skills?
The practice of reading out loud to and with your children is the magic pill that can have tremendous benefits to a child’s mind and character. Below are the top ten benefits of such a magical activity.
1. Enriches Vocabulary
Vocabulary, in learning a language or in gaining command over it plays a significant role. Today it’s a fact established by science and research that schooling children in most cases lack the sufficiency of vocabulary. They lag behind in comparison to the children who come with a large number of vocabularies.
What is the Connection?
Generally, in kindergarten schools, children face almost all instructions orally. The teaching is oral and teachers don’t ask the kids for reading. In most cases, kids with lesser vocabularies fail to get the instructions properly and are found lagging behind with the passage of time. The same thing happens with other subjects as well.
So, the first step to make a child develop an enriched vocabulary is to make him or her read and speak. Kids who are read to by their parents at home are found to come up with larger vocabularies. A child can’t say a word unless he or she has heard it before. Hearing or reading a specific word multiple times makes a child remember it and practice it whenever he or she gets a chance. This helps them develop an awareness of the communicative possibilities of using new words in new contexts. That’s how children learn words.
Parents need to talk around their children as much as possible from the very beginning of their learning. This would help the kids learn new words even before their schooling starts.
2. The Spoken Differs from the Written
Reading out loud to kids makes them feel the difference between the spoken and the printed words. But apart from listening reading out loud is necessary too. Complete and grammatically correct sentences are not used in verbal or colloquial language but printed books or texts contain complete sentences. Texts printed in books, magazines, and newspapers contain comparatively more enriched vocabulary and sophisticated language. Reading such language helps a child understand the difference between the spoken and the written arrangement of words and have huge benefits for a child with less reading and listening practices.
3. Increases Attention
When you read out loud to your child you are unraveling the events and ideas contained in a story or a text. By doing so you are drawing his or her attention and encouraging him or her to listen with abrupt concentration. These activities in the future would add to his or her overall attention span.
Contrarily, Children learn from what they see their parents doing. When you read aloud in front of your child a desire for reading grows within him or her. A child will want to read aloud if he or she is allowed the practice of being read to by his or her parents. But a child is never going to have such an appetite if he or she has never seen his or her parents with a book in their hands.
4. Helps Grasp Big Themes and Plot
Studies have shown that a child’s listening ability is greater than his or her reading ability. A sixth-grade child is capable of listening to an eighth-grade book and can enjoy a more complicated plot than that of his or her own standard. This makes him or her curious about the plot and helps him or her keep motivated to form new sentences using newly learned words, comprehend the big themes of the storylines alone. This makes them able to grab bigger pictures than that of their own grades and appreciate the stories. These advantages if developed can be carried forward in later life as well.
5. Invests with Moral and Historic Values
Children spontaneously tend to listen to sources other than their parents and elders at home. Often they are well behaved before teachers and parents, ready to listen to their advice. This often seems artificial and more than what is expected. Reading aloud to your kids instead of you advising and imparting life lessons, can make this up for you. The characters in the stories and novels that you read out loud to your kids can do this for you. The heroism and the morality associated with the characters being read inspire and motivate your kids significantly. They are allowed to know about the knights and their valour by reading their stories out loud to them.
6. Sparks Conversation Afresh
A conversation relevant to the context might break out while reading a good story out loud to your kids. Without the story or a touching tale, it might not have occurred. A tale of bravery and courage, their importance in life can never be instilled without setting examples before your kids. But when you read a tragic or a heroic tale to your kids, it’s quite natural to pull off a discussion on the plot promoting self-confidence, communicative and interpersonal skills.
7. Motivates while Providing Enjoyment
Children are generally imaginative and are more likely to enjoy listening to those stories. They experience reading out loud as something encouraging and positive. Such practices motivate them and make them more likely to be interested in learning to read. This fondness for reading often continues in later life.
8. Improves Cognitive Level
As a sophisticated language or a complicated plot makes a child curious about the plot and comprehend the big themes alone, it, in turn, strengthens the child’s cognitive abilities. Regular exposure to literary pieces of complicated language makes them learn to use their cognitive abilities while listening to a bigger picture than that of their own grades.
Contrarily, this is such a practice that would definitely help your children score well in their schools. Though test scores are definitely not the final predictor of their intelligence, the higher scores are always considered better than the lower ones.
So just read to them out loud instead of paying for expensive tuitions and coaching classes.
9. Builds Strong Emotions – Compassion and Empathy
Reading someone’s autobiography or a post-war memoir has an impact on children more than just listening to a story. Reading or being read to allow them to develop emotions beyond their experience. It helps them to gain awareness of people unknown to them. They feel connected to the very situation and develop a sense of empathy.
Sometimes it helps them to realize how others feel and makes them more compassionate by exploring particular emotions while reading a story aloud.
10. Opportunity to Spend Quality Time Together
You as an adult can have the benefits of reading aloud to your kids too. Away from the annoying noises of electronic or digital devices and toys, the serene practice of reading books to your children gives both of you an opportunity to spend quality time with each other. It perhaps would give you the chance of reading books that you might have never read in your childhood.
On the other hand, even if you have already read the book multiple times before, still you are going to enjoy the reading with your kids together. Whether it is a comedy or a picture book, it’s a great fun for both of you and your child.
Above all, the practice and the time spent together could develop a special bond between you two help your children develop better social as well as communicative skills.
However, there are other issues too, to which Ill relate in my later posts, pertaining to the topic I’ve discussed with you today.
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