The importance and power of reading at home can not be stressed enough. Reading opens doors, not only to new ideas, but to our future. Being a skilled reader and writer is to be skilled at literacy, which is the ability to understand, respond to, and use language to share information and interact with others. It is our tool for forming connections, enabling us to connect, adapt and grow. Literacy is all about communication, as well as the contribution and impact we can have in our world.
In order for your child to grow and to be prepared for future learning, they need to utilize and understand information from a wide variety of sources. The ability to understand and critically think about what your child is reading, is essential. It is the time you spend reading to your child and having your child read to you makes the difference.
Reading to your child and having your child read to you matters.
Researchers have discovered that the brains of young children who are read to often, are more agile and open to narrative according to Gurdon, (2019). This research suggests that these children are able to process more of what they are hearing and at faster speeds. “A quantifiable difference in brain function is observed in children whose parents read to them often” (Gurdon, 2019, p.9). Research would suggest that a child who is read to has an advantage because of what they have experienced with language and imagination during story time. Reading at home is your opportunity to make it all about having fun, adventure and magic.
7 Benefits to Reading In your Home
- Reading builds brains
- Fosters early learning
- Stimulates optimal connections and patterns in the brain
- Builds language, literacy and social-emotional skills
- Increases curiosity and imagination
- Build empathy for story characters
- Opens up a new world and gives your child the keys to unlock their dreams
Given these benefits it is not surprising that being able to read well is the best predictor of school success.
“The story of humankind is the story of human voice, telling stories. In reading aloud, we draw from an ancient wellspring of happiness that predates the written word. Oral storytelling has sustained and refreshed humankind since the far-off days of the distant past.” Meghan Cox Gurdon 2019 pg. 20 “The Enchanted Hour; The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction”HarperCollins Publisher
References and Resources
Gurdon, M. (2019). The Enchanted Hour: The Miraculous Power of Reading
Aloud in the Age of Distraction. New York, NY, USA: Harper Collins.
Klass, P. (2018). Reading Aloud to Young Children Has Benefits for Behaviour and Attention. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/16/well/family/reading-aloud-to-young-children-has-benefits-for-behavior-and-attention.html
Mendelsohn, Alan L. et al (2018) Reading Aloud, Play and Social-Emotional Development, Retrieved from https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/141/5/e20173393
Zuckerman, B. (2009) Promoting Early Literacy in Pediatric Practice: Twenty Years of Reach Out and Read. Retrieved from https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/124/6/1660.short