“You may have tangible wealth untold: Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold. Richer than I you can never be – I had a mother who read to me.”
-Gillian Strickland, ‘The Reading Mother”
We adore our library and, even when we don’t read throughout the day (which we typically do), we always have time for a bedtime story. In fact now that Sophea is reading we have 2, one from me and one from her. It is really just a lovely time to slow down and spend a bit of time and gets them settled in and ready for rest but did you know establishing this simple habit can really impact the future success of your children?
Why Read Aloud?
The Commission on Reading, performed a study in 1985, titled Becoming A Nation of Readers, which discovered that:
•“The single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to your children.”
•“It is a practice that should continue throughout the grades.”
The experts discovered that reading aloud was more important than work sheets, homework, testing, book reports, or flash cards. It is one of the cheapest, simplest, and oldest tools of teaching was being promoted as a better teaching tool than anything else in the home or classroom.
Children are learning to say words, enjoy stories, enjoying time, and feeling loved. Those things brought together dramatically increase the chances that your child will grow up with a love of reading. That literacy is SO important to future study habits in school and just the ability to learn and grow their minds.
Lead by example – become a reader.
Our children are like sponges, soaking up the things that their parents place value on in their actions. The more the parents read, the more your children will read. The more we talk about what we read, the more our children will wonder what is written.Accessibility to reading materials is important as well. I don’t keep many books personally but my children have a pretty good library, the repetition of familiar books can be very important especially in early learning. We also visit the public library weekly. When reading is our interest, it may very well become an interest of their own.
Encourage, don’t require.
It becomes inevitable in life that we are required to read. I try not to do this as much as possible. I never want it to feel like a chore to them or like they are giving something up to do it. In fact I have used it as a reward frequently. “If we can finish this task in x amount of time, we will have time to read a book before dinner.”
There is no doubt that reading aloud to your children is a wonderful bonding experience. It is frugal and simple as well. It requires only time investment – and our kiddos are so worth it!