7 Reasons To Read To Your Kids
If you're sending your little ones to sleep with an iPad or other electronic device, you might want to reconsider. We know that reading can boost cognitive function in kids and adults, which is all the more reason to spend time reading with and to your kids. Studies have also shown us that reading can even help prevent Alzheimer's later in life. Bedtime stories are read to children all around the world, and with good reason. Here are 7 reasons why you should postpone taking down those outdoor Christmas decorations or washing the dinner dishes and read to your kids instead!
Expand Their Vocabulary
It's great to let kids read See Spot Run, but you should also introduce slightly more challenging books with unknown words and new sentence structures. You can grab a great chapter book or young adult fiction novel for an engaging story that will be slightly more challenging for them, which will help them increase their vocabulary at an exponential rate. Bring a dictionary along during story time and help them look up words they don't understand.
Curiosity is the heart of progress, and teaching curiosity to your kids is a great way to help them expand their horizons and ask, "Why?"
To Learn About the World
There are many stories throughout the world that we'd never know about without books. You can teach your kids about history, science, travel, and outer space with the right kids' books. Learning about the world will also encourage curiosity.
They'll Sleep Better
Experts now tell us that exposure to artificial light before bedtime is causing sleep issues and disorders for our children. It's common for kids today to fall asleep on the couch piled with blankets, couch accent pillows, and maybe the family dog, but you should pull them away from devices, televisions, and computers at least an hour before bedtime. You can use this time to get them into a routine, complete with 20 minutes of story time. Your voice will soothe them to sleep, and they'll dream about If You Give a Moose a Muffin instead of whatever strange stories they heard on the news, or the latest sugary cereal commercial.
Create Educated Minds
The statistics are in: readers are more likely to excel in life. That doesn't mean non-readers aren't successful, but children who begin reading at a young age are more likely to engage in community issues and politics, and to educate themselves in worldwide topics and cultures. After all, reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.
To See Where They Struggle and Excel
As parents we see perfection in our children, but perfection doesn't come without challenges. Reading to your children can help you see what kinds of things they understand easily, and where they might struggle. Are they having trouble pronouncing certain syllables? Is it difficult for them to actually see the words? You can learn a lot about things going on with your kids and see if they need help in certain areas.
To Spend Time Together
Reading to your kids is a great way to create lifelong memories you'll never forget. When they're graduating high school or getting married, you'll cherish the time you spent together reading bedtime stories. This is also a really great way to understand the things your kids like, and the way their brains work. They can ask questions about the characters' struggles and behaviors, and you can use it as a platform to teach values and morals.
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