Part three of our series on early childhood education gives some final reasons to read to your children.
Early Childhood Education: Give Them a Love of Literature
Children are constantly shaped by input during their formative years. Reading to your children and making it fun also plants a love of the written word in their minds. If you make story time with your children fun time, they will equate learning with fun. If you make it a chore, they will equate study with tediousness. Reading stories though, prepares them for so much more.
As your child develops or encounters a potentially stressful experience, sharing a story is a great way to help ease the situation. For instance,reading a story dealing with starting preschool shows your son or daughter that anxiety is normal. Reading with your children also helps to improve their concentration as well as their discipline. In addition to the reading comprehension that comes with reading also comes self control, a longer attention span, and better memory retention, all of which are vital tools for your children to have when they’re ready to enter school. Kids who are exposed to reading are much more likely to choose books over video games, television, and other forms of entertainment as they grow older, which will help them outshine a great many of their peers in grade school. However, there is a deep emotional reason that you want to start to read to your children as part of their early childhood development.
Early Childhood Development and Family Life
Children that are connected to their family emotionally will in turn be connected to their own families later in life as well. By you taking time to read to your children, you are also delivering a message to them that they matter and that they are important to you.
So instead of rushing out to buy a game console or turning on the television to be your babysitter, stop a moment and think. Maybe you should teach them to appreciate moments in life that will shape them into far more thoughtful and sensitive people later on. There are several ways to do this. Make some time for them and you, and one way to do this? Start reading to them when they are young and watch their early childhood development blossom.
This concludes part three of a series on early childhood education and reading to your children. Be sure to read part two as well.
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