“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.”Jacqueline Kennedy
Reading connects us to different places we would never see, introduces us to people we would never meet, and instills different emotions that we would never otherwise feel. It also provides us amazing and lifelong benefits.
So if you and your kids aren’t reading yet, here are some benefits of reading to get you and your tot started.
Reading and storytelling with your child promotes brain development. It helps them remember the characters, funny lines, and different plots in every story.
Exercises our Brain
Our brain requires exercise to keep it strong and healthy, just like all muscles in our body. Research at Emoroy University found that when you are engaged in a book, it enhances the connectivity in the brain.
While it may seem difficult to read to a toddler whose attention is often drawn in million different directions at once, reading to your tots every day will help improve their concentration and arm them with longer attention span.
Reading helps spark your child’s imagination and stimulates their curiosity. Watching their excitement build page after page, or having them guess what happens next in the story is one of the most amazing things to experience.
Improves Writing and Vocabulary
Books expose children to 50% more words than television or social media so the more children read, the larger vocabulary they have that they can use in communicating and writing.
Great Wind Down Time
Let your tots lose themselves in a great story as it can be a perfect remedy for stress. A well written book and books with great pictures can transport them to other realms allowing them to sit back and relax.
Boosts Creative Thinking
Diving into a good book opens up a whole world of creativity and knowledge starting from a very young age. Reading helps children build imagination by stimulating the right side of their brain. It helps open their minds to new ideas and possibilities through other characters’ lives.
Reading makes it easier for us to relate to other people and sympathize with their emotions.
Fun and Entertaining
Reading can take you anywhere and everywhere as far as your imagination can go plus it is a great bonding time for you and your kids.