We all know reading is important to our children’s growth, but are you really aware of just how many benefits there are to reading 20 minutes a day with your child?
Reading out loud is a positive influence and as your child grows, daily reading will help the brain make connections between the written and spoken word, widening vocabulary in the process. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics reading to children no matter their age, wakens a number of places in the left part of their brain. These areas in the brain become active and involve understanding the meaning of words and concepts tied to memory.
Reading is more than just translating written words into verbal form. It is about understanding those words were once ideas in the minds of great thinkers. It is about realizing those ideas can be connected to personal experiences. Through daily reading, children are exposed to a world outside their own reality. It expands their know-how, opens their minds and creates the potential for a continuation of ideas and an endless number of possibilities.
Another benefit is that vocabulary knowledge equates to masterful spelling. In fact, reading, spelling and vocabulary are critically important to a child's lifelong achievement. Reading and writing go hand in hand. Once children begin to sound out words they can then string those words into sentences. With proper handwriting and letter recognition lessons children are then able to translate those words and sentences to the written page.
There is nothing quite like reading together as a family. Whether you're flipping through picture books with your little ones or sitting in the same room with older kids while, each immersed in a piece of literature, these are times you remember. Siblings reading to each other are precious memories that you will cherish as a parent. Take a moment and find those 20 minutes.
Amanda Duffy hails from Upstate New York and just outside of Boston. She attended and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Psychology. She began teaching fifth graders in New Hanover County, NC and continued in that grade level when she moved to Alpharetta, GA. She began teaching at O'Neal in 2008 as a second grade teacher. Since then she has taught first grade, Kindergarten, and is now back teaching the second grade.