Do you want your kid to be brighter, smarter and curious about things? Then start reading more! You heard that right, kids who are read-to from an early age have an unnerving advantage over their peers. A recent study has shown that starting as early as infancy results in numerous short-term benefits (exceeding the endearing sight of a child sleeping soundly). This is no new finding; the importance of regular bedtime stories rings through our ears every time someone brags about nurturing a perfect offspring here and there.
Speaking of storytelling prodigies – do we know why reading has positively mesmerizing effects on children?
Let us walk you through some statistical wonders
Before taking a step towards speculating let’s look at some stats first: According to research by ‘The National Literacy Trust,’ “children who enjoy being read to every day have double the chance of becoming above-average readers.” Not only this; studies conducted showed reading aloud for 15 minutes each night for one year resulted in 1 million words!
Moving forward with smiles stretched ear-to-ear, let’s dive deep into this – What else could be waiting if your munchkins embraced storytime like it was Disneyland:
It’s never too early or late when it comes to language development benefits resulting from regularly hearing book pages turn. Research indicates that kids whose guardians indulge them with books earlier on tend to exhibit better communication skills such as literacy and language acquisition.
One way Book-Buddies can enhance little tongues’ vocabulary is by pointing out unfamiliar terms encountered during reading sessions. Daily opportunities given by narrators enable children naturally learn complex syntax structure before they digest those imposing concepts.
“As parents we must keep in mind that developing fluency means combining oral practice along with just noticing text,” insists Michael Allington, President-Elect International Reading Association
Another solution is to read children books with sentence structures, topics and vocabulary sets they understand. According to Dr Hayes in the reading department at Vanderbilt university ” Listening builds comprehension, especially when we follow up by asking open-ended questions.”
Promoting a love for words may also help little story-loving enthusiasts feel independent as soon as possible. Research has suggested that reading materials available at home contribute towards language development if readily obtainable, even if kids can’t actually read them.
Glued parents are better than split ones – but you know what’s better? A glued parent child duo cuddling with each other while reading bedtime stories!
Fostering such relationships could be priceless since it creates and strengthens shared memories between both parties involved for an eternity.
The Art of Concentration
With TV programs becoming harder and harder not to tune into encouraging your youth’s concentration levels becomes essential. It might come as no surprise but listening develops attentiveness more than watching TV does…Want some convincing proof? Here goes:
In research conducted by Dr Sigman, “he discovered a dramatic drop in concentration levels when exposed to remote-controls switching entertainment devices”. But who wants frustrated mute buttons hitting every five minutes anyway?
Cracking bad habits is similar whether you’re talking about smoking or negligent parenting skills (in my own personal opinion). Humans have stacks of bad habits so it makes sense that forming ‘good’ behaviors requires practice just like deliberate unlearning needs exercise too! Some things seem hardwired though- I mean let’s face it…we’ve all watched our friends continue BAD DATING HABITS long after focusing on their health became paramount (am I right?)
As parents our eyes light up when we see illustrations bigger enough for wider spread arms from youngins’. We thrive on enjoyment splattered across those golden-sunburst faces because finally little eyes are devouring those cherished books.
But guess what, there might be some common reading errors parents make too – that’s right we ALL DO IT! Here are some of the most frequent mistakes and how to avoid them:
Mistake #1: Ignoring Interests
Every teen and toddler have varying interests. It could be ‘trains, planes or Dr Who’ with boys or fairies, princesses or dolls with girls (and vice-versa). Being able to section out kid’s preferences can save annoyance aplenty!
“The preferred topic may vary in frequency across time but it will later help encourage independent reading”, insists Abby Palko a Fellow at North Carolina Center for EducatorEffectiveness.
Mistake #2: Choosing Complex Materials
Cow goes Moo.. Simple? Even since this has made millions of toddlers beam worldwide by just grasping their everyday animals’ names- But did you know ‘Jabberwocky’ written by Lewis Carroll is not as much fun?
If kids take interest in complex material such as scientific concepts then lifting below-grade level materials may sink. However stretching meant giggles fall into place isn’t necessarily the best way.
According to Dr Anne Cunningham from UC Berkeley “Using a challenging book provides an opportunity for your child’s brain to learn how language works” She continues,” Picture-filled pages structure towards predictable short sentences which cater towards being less overwhelming.” With proper supervision kiddoeos tend to handle more involved texts than adults anticipate-(those young brains are quite powerful – who knew?)
Mistake #3: Skipping Reading Time For Experiences
Those salty ocean waves are calling out louder than anything else – tempted yet? Stop us if any mention of setting aside lengthy hours distracts from ‘real-world experience’.
However tempting as poolsugar water color palettes may seem skipping story-time erodes valuable learning opportunities! Setting up designated reading times before bed, bath time or after-school snacks can create healthy habits.
In conclusion…bedtime stories are a recipe for the small wonders that come with raising and nurturing little ones. They’re beneficial, boast psychological powers to develop language skills improve concentration spans and help grow imaginations – but they also nestle shared moments like nothing else can.
So go on – reach for those stacks of books high as mountains, delve down to ‘Mr Grumpy’s Pancake Stack’ or even beyond! Creating opportunities of closeness not only helps build relationships- it ignites intelligence in future scholars too! Bravo Book-Worms, you’re doing great already (and so is your child)!
Hey there, I’m Dane Raynor, and I’m all about sharing fascinating knowledge, news, and hot topics. I’m passionate about learning and have a knack for simplifying complex ideas. Let’s explore together!
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