The benefits!

Besides reading to your child being an opportunity to spend quality time together, there are numerous other amazing benefits of story-time.

If a book is well-written with quality illustrations, children can’t help but feel curious and therefore interested in what’s being told to them. Add expression in your voice and actions to the mix, and story-time becomes a theatrical show that can keep them focused for as long as you’re willing to play the role.

Because young children have not yet had as much experience in life as your average teenager, young adult or adult, most of them are hungry to explore new thoughts about life, meet new personalities, and learn more about how to face some everyday-life scenarios.

Reading to your child is very important for their cognitive development, helping them to construct and formulate various thought processes like remembering, problem-solving and decision-making.

It helps children to perceive the world around them; to realize that there are always choices to be made, consequences to those choices, and – of course – right and wrong choices.

As a strong building-block in language development, hearing you pronounce words, express letters phonetically, speak in syllables, and emphasize certain words through facial expressions helps them to build their vocabulary (adding new words that they may not have known before), and helps them to understand how certain words are used in context.

A good story will also prompt a child to think about their own lives; become self-aware. The characters and scenarios can help children to reflect on their personal existence, giving them answers to some of the little questions they have about life itself. At the same time, this builds their concentration and can serve to increase and enhance their creative tendencies and abilities, and stretch their imagination.

Scientifically, the cells in a young child’s brain are strengthened considerably by the simple acts of thinking, wondering, questioning, formulating; curiosity, excitement, emotion, and even doubt and triumph – all of these can be experienced in a single session of story-time. These experiences serve as data to children, helping them to deal with various situations as they grow.

Indeed all children are unique and can react to stimuli differently. Reading often to your child will most certainly help them to develop their sense of self – develop their own identity – as they learn so very much through the magical world of words and expression through books.