Reading offers numerous benefits for children. Not only is it an enjoyable way to pass the time, but it plays a crucial role in their overall development.
Either reading independently or being read to, reading develops children’s language and literacy skills. It helps them develop their speaking and listening skills, expand their vocabulary, and improve their understanding of grammar and syntax.
Numerous studies have shown that children who are read to from an early age develop stronger language skills and a larger vocabulary. For example, a study published in Pediatrics found that frequent shared reading in early childhood was associated with larger vocabularies and higher language scores at age 4 and 5
Does your child have a hard time with focus? Reading practices and hons focus and concentration. Setting a timer, increasing by small increments is one way for children to increase focus.
As they follow storylines, remember characters, and understand plot developments, children are actively growing the connections in their brain. Reading also promotes critical thinking, problem-solving, and reasoning skills as children analyze information, predict outcomes, and make connections.
If getting your child to read independently, don’t fret. Even shared reading has its benefits! A study published in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics found that frequent shared reading during infancy and toddlerhood was associated with better cognitive development at age 4 and 5. Another study published in the Journal of School Psychology found that shared reading in early childhood predicted academic achievement in later years.
Reading together with parents, caregivers, or peers can create strong bonds and foster social skills. Shared reading experiences allow children to engage in discussions, ask questions, and learn to listen and respect others’ perspectives. It also promotes a love for reading and learning as a collaborative and enjoyable activity.
Overall, reading, independently or together, plays a vital role in children’s development, fostering language skills, thinking, focus, and empathy. It sets the stage for lifelong learning and a love for literature.
Want a way to encourage reading in the summer? Check out Meridian Library’s reading program All Together Now. Another fun way is to print a track together. Like this cute, free Summer Reading printable from Everyday Reading.