Would you like to boost your toddlers learning potential?
If the answer is “YES” – simply make books an integral part of our lives!
I’m obsessed with books, in fact, I have my own, little library already! We all know that reading to your little ones is a good thing – but are you familiar with the specific advantages your toddler or preschool-age child can receive by being exposed to the merits of reading?
If not, let me list them for you below:
- Stronger Relationship. As we grow older we’ll be more frequent on the move – playing, running, and constantly examining our environment. You want to snuggle with us? Solution: Read to us! I’ve mentioned in previous posts that I love sitting on my parents laps! We can slow down together and enjoy this sweet, cuddly time with each other. I consider this a nurturing activity that will bring us even closer.
- Academic Excellence. Numerous studies have shown that students who are exposed to reading before preschool are more likely to do well in all facets of formal education. Think about this, dear parents: If a student struggles to put together words and sentences, how can he or she be expected to grasp math, science, and social concepts when he/she begins elementary school?
- Speech Skills. Do you want us to learn talking? By listening to you read it’ll help us reinforce the basic sounds of your language. I always babble and jabber out of delight while my parents read to me (they call it “pretend reading) and believe it or not – but this is a very important pre-literacy activity. Eventually we’ll begin sounding out words on our own.
- Mastery of language. Early reading for us has been linked to a better grasp of the fundamentals of language.
- Logical Thinking Skills. To grasp abstract concepts, applying logic in various scenarios, recognizing cause and effect, and utilizing good judgment are important as we begin to relate the scenarios in books to what’s happening in our own world, hence we’ll become more excited about the stories you share.
- Enhanced concentration and discipline. I know, I know…we’re known for being squirmy and yes, we do get easily distracted during story time, yet eventually we’ll learn to stay put for the duration of the book. Along with reading comprehension comes a stronger self-discipline, longer attention span, and better memory retention, all of which will serve us well when we enter school.