Reading a book with your child gives you a few minutes of quality time together. These are memories that last a lifetime. But during this time, you are also providing your child with valuable learning opportunities that will have positive long term effects. Your child’s favorite book can build :
Vocabulary – new words introduced to your child expands that language repertoire.
Sequencing Skills– retelling parts of the story after in order builds a child’s understanding of what happened first, next and last.
Comprehension Skills – talking about details within a story can help build your child’s overall understanding and ability to make connections.
Rhyming Skills-the ability to rhyme is actually a necessary skill to successfully learn to read.
Book and Print Knowledge- reading books allows children to become familiar with print and how symbols represent the words being told in the story and the pictures on the page. It also shows how print is written from left to right. All of these are precursors to reading readiness.
Math, Science and Social Content Knowledge: stories offer information on a variety of lessons. Taking a minute to point out colors, count items in pictures, identify how a character is feeling, to name a few, builds your child’s knowledge of the world.
Never take for granted the advantages that 10 minutes each day of reading to your child allows them!