I passionately believe in sharing books with your child
The importance of reading with your child is clearly document. The child who reads for 20 minutes a day is exposed to 1,800,000 words a year. Alternately a child who reads for 5 minutes is exposed to 282,000 words per year and the child who only reads for 1 minute is exposed to 8,000 words per year
Statistics derived from Shaywitz, S. (2003). Overcoming dyslexia. New York: Alfred A.
AIM for 3, is the ED Specially4U daily challenge.
We invite you to AIM for 3 with your child too
The importance of reading aloud is illustrated by many diverse skills therefore it is hard to narrow these to a list. Here I list my TOP 10 reasons to highlight why reading aloud is important for our children:
1. FOR ENJOYMENT –
children love to hear a story, and the message that you send when you are reading is one of love and happiness.
2. BACKGROUND KNOWLEDGE-
to assist children to better understand the world around them, for example: reading about a teddy bear, coupled with a graphic of a teddy bear assists your child to see their own teddy bear in relation to the world. This is a simplistic analogy for little children, but it is the start of developing your child’s background knowledge or deeper understanding.
3. LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT-
the more language children are exposed to, the better their understanding and grasp of language will be. Children learn language through modelling, and reading is a great activity to develop language and vocabulary (note this differs from speech development)
4. SPEECH DEVELOPMENT-
this is also developed by hearing speech patterns of others. Reading speech offers a different pattern to spoken speech (usually a narrative in the younger years). Speech articulation is also taught through the modelling of speech sounds and patterns.
5. PHONEMIC AWARENESS-
the ability to hear and manipulate the sounds of language. This is learnt through reading experiences, especially through rhyme and rhythm. Developing the pre-requisite skill of phonemic awareness is essential in the early years – read further about the EDSpecially4U phonemic awareness programs HERE
Nursery Rhymes are a great way to develop understanding of sounds and rhyme – read our blog Teach rhyme with Nursery Rhymes
children learn best when they hear something more than one time. Sharing a book together allows you the opportunity to re-read favourite books over and over and over and over SIGH, usually to the exhaustion of the reader, but this is extremely important for the child who is listening and learning from that story and language
7. SEQUENCING –
Children need to be able to sequence. We follow sequences and routines in all of our everyday life and structured learning. Hearing a story and being able to place the storyline into a sequence teaches our children the ability to understanding the routines that we have to follow, as well as making those important brain connections.
8.ATTENTION SPAN, LISTENING & CONCENTRATION-
Children who are able to sit and listen to a story will always achieve to a higher extent in structured education. Increasing the length of the book and your child’s motivation to listen to the story will assist them when they start their formal education – they have already developed the ability to attend to an activity!
9. Reading aloud exposes your child to different TEXT TYPES AND WRITING GENRES.
This enables your child to speak in ‘reading language’ as well as having a story and print knowledge that they will draw upon throughout their life long learning
Repitition of stories and text types assists your child to understand the text. Building upon this with discussion about the book assists your child to comprehend what they are listening to. Your child will use this skill when they start to read on their own. Comprehension is the reason that we read, and needs to be introduced early.
Choose a special time each day to cuddle up with your child. Your child will love the cuddles, and love the one on one time that this busy world often does not provide us with. Together you will share funny, sad, exciting, adventurous and interesting stories that will cement your child’s love of literature, love of reading and love of learning
There are so many skills learned from shared reading with your child. Although I have listed my top 10 reasons to read with your child, please don’t think this is the limitation of the list. As parents, it is often very hard to find those precious moments to read with your child, however, it is equally important as it is difficult. We invite you to take the ED Specially4U daily challenge – AIM 4 3 books a day. Try to set aside time each day to
READ READ READ
For the Love of Learning