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Why You Should Read to a Child

Preschools and Kindergartens

As a parent, one of the best things you can do for your child is to read to him or her, as this not only sets the foundation for his or her success at reading in later years, but also helps make your child aware of the world around him or her. Simply reading to your child for 20 minutes per day can help open the doors to a big and exciting world for him or her, since doing so offers many benefits. Following are a few reasons you should read to a child each day:

Read to a Child to Help Him or Her Succeed

Statistics show that children who read succeed, which means all you need to do is to read to a child for at least 20 minutes each day to help set the foundation for his or her success in life. The most significant part of a child's mental growth between ages three and seven occurs as he or she develops the ability to imagine. Reading books to your child ultimately boosts his or her imagination, which can mean the start of extensive learning in future years.

Read to a Child to Help Develop Life Skills

Research has identified five essential life skills that develop when you read to a child:

  • Phonemic awareness: the ability to hear, identify, and play with individual sounds in spoken words
  • Phonics: the ability to connect the letters of written language to the sounds of spoken language
  • Vocabulary: words children need to know to communicate effectively
  • Reading comprehension: the ability to understand and derive meaning from what a child hears
  • Fluency (oral reading): the ability to read text quickly and accurately

When you read to a child, you not only help him or her succeed in life, but you also set the foundation your child needs to acquire valuable life skills. While all children learn reading skills at different paces, it is important to take steps to make sure your child is as up to speed as possible with his or her reading.  

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