Thursday, November 18, 2010

Reading To Your Children - Why You Shouldn't Forget To

Parents tend to have a lot on their minds, and it usually has something to do with the kids. We as parents need to ensure, at a minimum, that our children are secure, healthy, and also loved.    In the modern age and in a stressful society, we regularly commit such a great deal of precious time providing for these basic concerns that we tend to overlook another essential area: intellectual development. As a parent, you must engage your youngsters' minds in addition to their health to ensure that they grow and learn. Jacqueline Kennedy-Onasis once said, "If you bungle raising your children, I don't think whatever else you do well matters very much." Raising children to be productive members of society is only the start of parenthood; these productive members should also be able to learn and think for themselves. The most effective approach to accomplish this objective is through reading to them.

Plenty of reasons exist why you should read with your kids. For anyone who is currently reading with their children on a regular basis the following reasons should certainly reinforce their resolve. If you are not yet frequently reading to your children, I challenge you to start:

  1. A thoughtfully chosen story can engage and challenge a child's intellect. Through books, your little one will not simply re-live activities in their everyday life but will also discover and encounter societies and activities--even entire worlds--wildly different from their real-world experiences.
  2. Reading aloud shows what good reading actually sounds like and offers a target for your children's own reading efforts. While your children are learning to enjoy a book, they need role models to go by. Won't you be one?
  3. Reading many different kinds of books enhances your children's understanding of language which includes terminology, syntax, and pronunciation--things no one thinks about using but must know in order to communicate. The more terms and expressions your children know, the more experience and knowledge they'll have to draw on while learning how to read more complex works and the simpler it will be for them to master higher skills.
  4. Reading along with your children aids them with associating printed words and their meanings. Children learn how to read most words merely as a result of recurring exposure. It's not at all sufficient to only supply words and phrases; preferably, the words also need to be put into context.
  5. Reading shows exactly how a book works. For example, we read a book from the front cover to the back cover and each page from top to bottom, and each line from left to right. Those having substantial experience with books tend to take this information as a given; however, small children must learn these basic rules.
  6. A well-written narrative fuels your children's creativity and imagination which supports the fostering of their imaginative efforts and play. How can a child imagine himself king without first knowing the life of a king from a story? How can a little girl pretend she's a fairy without first being exposed to fairy-dom in a book? Sure, there are movies and shows, but that is spoon feeding compared to the self-prepared meal that a book provides.
  7. Reading many different stories allows children to understand how story construction and narrative work, which supports literacy in addition to interpersonal relationships. We utilize storytelling and narrative in our professional and private relationships and those who possess a good understanding of narrative technique, in many cases, are among the most successful in these areas. Provide your children an advantage in the workplace.
  8. Establishing reading and writing as a priority in your daily life demonstrates the significance to your children so that they can make it important in theirs. If your children do not ever see you read, then exactly why should they believe it is important?
  9. Reading to your children additionally provides physical touch since your children either sit in your lap or perhaps cuddle alongside you. It offers yet another chance to reinforce the connection you have to your children.
  10. Hearing a person's voice is often very comforting, particularly when it's the voice of a family member. It helps reduce anxiety levels and provide a soothing effect. Children encounter quite a few challenges throughout the day just like us grown-ups. You will probably find making the effort to read to your children don't just decrease their stress level but your own, too.

You need to establish reading to your children as an important part of your normal day-to-day routine and also incorporate spontaneous opportunities as well. Not only can these instances of reading to your children bring you closer to them emotionally, but they will also supply long lasting memories. Not to mention that by reading to your children you are also supplying them with certain advantages in their ability to learn and grow intellectually which will influence the direction of their whole life.

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