When was the last time you read a story to your child? Last night? Last week? Never? No judgment here, as it is understandable.
It is common nowadays to see children- even as young as toddlers, tinkering with electronics gadgets. And it is surprising albeit disturbing to see that they’ve become experts at switching apps even before they’ve mastered the proper pencil grip.
With the demand of work today and other parental responsibilities, it is easier to hit the play button on a tablet and let the video entertain the child rather than spend time to read him an actual book.
But the convenience of electronic gadgets could have a negative impact on your child. And you don’t want that.
Here comes in a simple thing that you can include in your child’s daily routine: Story Reading.
Story Reading is an oral presentation of a story from the text of a picture book. Simply put, you read what’s on the book. Movements, sound effects and props may be used but not entirely needed.
There are many benefits of story reading to children that you simply can’t afford to pass up.
Top 5 Benefits of Story Reading to Children
1. Instill Good Values
Children simply love listening to stories. They actually like hearing what the characters have done to overcome their problems and how they have succeeded. By reading your child stories with moral lessons, you can easily inculcate good values such as honesty, responsibility, courage, and many more to your child in a matter of minutes.
2. Develop Language Skills
By simply pointing at the pictures and saying their names, your child can already add new words to his vocabulary. Whereas before, he only knows the word cat to represent a cat, now the word kitten is added. And he also knows that kitten is the word for baby cat. And all because you pointed at the picture of a cat.
3. Improves Listening Skills
Your child has to listen attentively to your story to be able to understand it well. If you do story reading regularly, your child gets to practice his listening skills regularly, too. And as time goes on, your child will learn to be more attentive so he can listen and understand the story better.
4. Boost Imagination and Creativity
After reading a story book to your child, the pictures that she has seen and the words that she has heard will then be part of her mental memory. And as she goes on with her day, you can see and hear a little bit of the stories that you’ve read. And for all we know, she has created an entire world full of characters from the stories she has heard.
5. Open New Worlds
Stories can open a whole new world to your child. One night, she is hearing about a princess who lives in a tall castle, the next she hears about a princess in a desert. The more diverse the stories you read, the more world and experiences open up to your child. This will help her to be more accepting of different cultures apart from her own.
Story reading is a simple yet effective activity that you can include in your child’s routine. It has a lot of benefits that can really help your child advance in life. So start story reading today!
Some of you may not know how to read to your child effectively. Here are tips on how to capture your child’s attention so you can maximize his read aloud experience.
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