I’m writing to you today to discuss the importance of reading aloud to your children and when to begin.
I’m writing to you today to discuss the importance of reading aloud to your children and when to begin. This is a topic that is very important and reflects on the future success of your child. These days, technology is a big factor and spreading throughout the educational world. Books and reading are starting to be pushed into second place by technological advances. It is important that parents and future parents realize the importance of keeping reading aloud alive.
One of the first questions parents may ask is, “When should I start reading to my child?” This might be one of the most important factors that most people do not realize. Surprisingly, you should start reading aloud to your child as soon as the last trimester of your pregnancy. Studies recommend this because your baby can hear accents, patterns and sounds that are coming from your voice when you speak, even when they are in the womb.
After having your baby, you should continue this pattern of reading aloud to them. When they are born, they can automatically recognize the same patterns and sounds that they heard while they were still in the womb. Reading aloud to your child daily will also immediately start building a positive relationship between you and your child. Children love listening to stories, and looking at picture books, so when it comes down to reading, they will look forward and enjoy this moment with you. After a long, busy day, reading aloud to your child also lets you two have bonding time together. While you might be enjoying your little one, hoping they could stay this little forever, your child is getting to open their imagination all while adding to their educational minds.
Although it might sound obvious, children are learning basic reading skills just by watching and listening to you read to them. If you are using your pointer finger and skimming the words across the page as you say them, the child grasps the idea of how you read a book. For example, they know that you read a book from left to right, or how you turn the pages on the right to continue the story. It might seem small and simple, but this small step is very influential on their further success in reading.
Reading aloud to your children is so important, and nowadays the importance gets lost. I believe that parents know that they should read their children, but they do not know how early they should start or how long to continue for. They also might not know how much they are truly benefiting their child’s later success in reading. Now that you know all of this, I recommend that you go pick up a book and begin a new adventure with your little one.
Alexis Pierson, Stonehill College, Plymouth