from the Family Literacy Foundation
Why Read Aloud with Children?
- Studies prove that the most important thing adults can do in preparing young children for success in school and reading is to read aloud with them.
- Many doctors believe that a child that has never had the experience of being read to is not a fully healthy child. The American Medical Association has suggested that all doctors prescribe “reading to children”.
- Reading aloud with children regularly is an extremely effective medium to build relationships and communicate with children.
The Many Benefits of Reading Aloud with Children:
• Children’s self-esteem grows as they experience the security of having a parent or other caring person read aloud with them.
• Children experience increased communication with parents and other family members.
• Children are introduced to new concepts such as colors, shapes, numbers, and alphabet, in a fun, age appropriate way.
• Children build listening skills, vocabulary, memory and language skills.
• Children develop imagination and creativity.
• Children learn information about the world around them.
• Children develop individual interests in special subjects like dinosaurs, cats, or cars.
• Children learn positive behavior patterns and social values.
• Children learn positive attitudes towards themselves and others.
• CHILDREN LEARN THE JOY OF READING!