Top 5 Reasons Why Reading is Important for Kids
Children and parents need to spend time reading together
Have you ever been so passionate about something that it consumes your every thought? Well, maybe not every thought but it consumes a great deal of your time. Lately, I have been revisiting a passion of mine that I am sad that I lost for a little while, reading. As a mom to six children, four of whom are grown, I lost sight of this until Eden and Israel came into our lives.
Our fast-paced lives have kept us so busy that I forgot just how important it is to read to our little ones. For those of you that read my blog and know me personally, that comment may sound strange to you. If anyone should know the value of reading to children it should be me. After all, I am a teacher.
Top 5 Benefits of Reading
Reading with your family is the single most important thing a parent or caregiver can do to help a child prepare for reading and learning. It stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of the world around them and helps them develop many skills to prepare them for the written word they will encounter as a student.
If you spend just 20 minutes a day reading with your kids, you will have over 121 hours of quality time with your child every year. Reading not only allows a lifelong bond to develop but also fosters positive growth and development through love and attention.
Research indicates that the benefits of reading with and to your child are endless. As a teacher, here are 5 reasons why your child should be reading.
1. Reading Expands Vocabulary & Increases Grammar Understanding
Children learn new words as they read. They subconsciously absorb information on how to structure sentences and use words.
2. Practice Makes Perfect
The old saying of “Practice makes perfect” definitely holds true for reading. The best way to get better at reading is just to do it!
3. Fosters Independence and Empathy
Through reading a variety of books children learn about people, places, and events outside of their own experience. They begin to learn how to do things independently of mom and dad and begin to understand how would feel in various situations.
4. Fosters Imagination
Reading transforms the descriptions read into pictures. It causes the reader to become so engaged in a story they begin to imagine where the characters are, what the characters look like, and how they are feeling.
5. Academic Success
If you want your child to be successful, they must be able to read. Reading promotes achievement in all subjects.
Given these benefits, it’s no wonder parents and educators want to instill a love for reading in children.
Visit your Local Library & Bookstores
When my children were younger, we spent time as a family at the library and local bookstores. We attended and/or participated in all the activities offered including the summer reading programs. This allowed us to enjoy countless novels together as a family from Harry Potter to A Series of Unfortunate Events. Reading was such a BIG part of our lives that we even had the unique opportunity to meet some of our favorite authors like Lemony Snicket.
Books were the medium that brought us together, and if you are looking to do the same, check out what your local libraries and bookstores have to offer.
What We’re Reading & Listening To
Here are a few books and podcasts that we are listening to this week. Maybe you’ll discover some new titles to enjoy with your family or students.
Picture Books to Read Aloud
I believe and think those that know me would agree, I am a kid at heart. I enjoy reading books that can be picked up in the children and young adult departments. That does not mean I am not into adult books, I am, but having knowledge about these genres allows me to give recommendations to my children and students.
Here are a few I picked up this week to share.
On any day of the week, if you cross Paris’s Luxembourg Gardens, you will come to a cobbled street called rue de Fleurus. Follow it to number 27, and you will arrive at Gertrude Stein’s home. Inside, she and her friend Alice B. Toklas are getting ready for their soiree with Pablo Picasso, Max Jacob, and some other friends. While they are tidying, Pablo is at his easel, working on a painting. His brilliant black eyes never leave the canvas. And what is Max doing? Well, he is completely absorbed in a poem he is writing.
Whether you’re a kid or a bee, sometimes you feel so mad, you buzz around looking for people to sting and trouble to make. See how one boy, a swarm of bees, and a whole town can get riled up and then find a way to feel better through the comfort of unconditional love and community.
Mo Willems, a number one New York Times best-selling author and illustrator, composes a powerful symphony of chance, discovery, persistence, and magic in this moving tale of a young girl’s journey to center stage. Illustrator Amber Ren brings Willems’ music to life, conducting a stunning picture-book debut.
If you have not considered listening to podcasts with your children, you should. Podcasts have many benefits and we will bring you more on that later in another post. Until then, you really need to look into this as something to enjoy together as a family.
The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel is one my family is thoroughly enjoying! Although this is a scripted podcast for middle grades, The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel can be enjoyed by younger grades. “It is a fun, high-quality, serial mystery that can be described as Goonies meets Spy Kids meets Stranger Things for 8-12 year olds.”
To know if your particular child is ready for it, please review it first.
Whether you choose to read a book or listen to a podcast, take the time to connect with your child. You’ll be amazed at the connections you will build with your family just by taking 20 minutes a day to read.
“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” – Albert Einstein