Here are 11 reasons to read to your child.
1.When you read to your child, he/she will learn that reading is important to you, therefore reading will become important to him/her.
2.The more your child hears sounds, the better he/she will process these sounds into words. When a child is preschool/kindergarten age the listening word starts to become the written word.
3.Reading has a calming effect on a restless or fussy baby. Who doesn’t want an easy way to calm a fussy baby?
4.Reading is a wonderful before bed routine. Studies have shown that a child will thrive in an atmosphere in which routines are present.
5.Reading will help to develop your child’s imagination. Have you ever gotten lost in a good book? Your child can do the same while you are reading to him/her.
6.Reading will foster your child’s ability to listen and pay attention. With all the problems we here about concerning attention spans this is a great way to avoid that.
7.Reading to a young child will teach him/her the correct way to hold a book and turn the pages.
8.Reading to your child will develop in him/her the desire to become a reader.
9.Teachers will thank you
10.When a child is read a personalized story book, he/she will be able to recognize his/her name in print at an early age.
11. Your child doesn’t know how to read, so you can make the words up and create your own stories (I do this quite often)
Its also important to discuss the story after your done reading; ask your child on what they thought about the story, and did the story mean to them; this will assist you in learning how your child interprets information (verbal) and their level of understanding.