Why Reading with your Children is Important

The Washington Post wrote an article which stated that “One of the most important things parents can do, beyond keeping kids healthy and safe, is to read with them.”

Mother Reading a book to her childrenReading to your child helps to develop many skills, including recognizing letters, remembering stories, and learning words. Pediatricians generally recommend reading to your baby very early in life, before 18 months of age. Ideally, reading should take place at least 3 times a week. At just a few months of age, an infant can look at pictures, listen to your voice, and point to objects on cardboard pages.

Children learn to love the sound of language before they even notice the existence of printed words on a page. Reading books aloud to children stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of the world. It helps them develop language and listening skills and prepares them to understand the written word. When the rhythm and melody of language become a part of a child’s life, learning to read will be as natural as learning to walk and talk.

Even after children learn to read by themselves, it’s still important for you to read aloud together. By reading stories that are on their interest level, but beyond their reading level, you can stretch young readers’ understanding and motivate them to improve their skills.

Marine Warrior Library offers a Weekly Story Time every Wednesday. Enjoy reading aloud, songs and other activities all designed to help your child develop skills that will help them succeed later in life. Find out more by calling 252-466-3552.