Why Read Aloud to Children?

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.



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