The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) “strongly recommends reading to children every day, starting after they are first born because reading stimulates brain development, language development and aids in developing a closer emotional relationship with a child.” Eileen Wacker, CEO of ONCEKids and author of the Fujimini Adventure Series, believes parents should read to children from the moment they are born. Infants love to hear voices, particularly their parents. For infants, it doesn’t matter what you read – a cookbook or a phonebook can work. Infants don’t understand the meaning of words yet and so the greatest benefit in reading to an infant is the relationship you create by reading and interacting with your infant.
For older children, what you read is important. For a literate child words have monumental meaning. Children acquire and weigh words. Words are potent to children. This is why the stories you read to your child can resonate with them for the rest of their lives. Children are amazingly impressionable and absorb stories with sponge like eagerness. Choose books wisely when reading to a child. You might want to ask your child’s teacher for age appropriate recommendations. Also, don’t forget about your local library. Librarians are often eager to recommend books and often have lists of books on various topics available to disseminate.
When you read to your child you should be eager, excited, animated and interactive. This sounds like a bit much but you have to sound like you love the story you are reading. The happier you seem in telling the story the more likely reading to your child will have the greatest benefits. You might want to ask your child’s teacher if you can observe story time in the classroom. You can learn a lot from how your child’s teacher reads a story to the class. The more interested in words you are the more interested your child will be in words, which may result in better school performance.
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