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    How can reading influence a child's development?

    Date Posted: 22/08/2018 | Category:

    How can reading influence a child

    Did you know that reading for pleasure is a better indicator as to whether a child will excel at school than the social or economic background in which they grew up?

    Not only do children who read for fun thrive across the board in academic environments, studies have shown that this pastime can also help set our little ones up for life, making them more likely to remain in employment, improve their health, and enhance their ability to form relationships with others.

    But from what age do the benefits of reading begin?

    From birth, babies begin to recognise their parents’ voices, and reading to even very young children (0-5) for a few minutes each day can help boost their exposure to language and vocabulary. As children grow, they begin to sound out words - using phonics to master human speech before learning how to recognise the letters of the alphabet.

    Comprehension further increases when school starts and reading becomes an increasingly vital part of life. In school, the challenge can be to help maintain your child’s interest in reading, to prevent them from viewing it as a chore. Show them how enjoyable reading can be by working through a book together and sharing ideas. It’s also a good idea to surround your child with books, visit the library or bookshop regularly and make reading a habit.

    To reap the most benefits, ask questions, share ideas and talk about the stories you are reading. Actively engaging your child in discussions about the story can help them to identify character motivation and reinforce key messages – it’s also a way to ensure your child understands what they have read.

    Children that may not have had the opportunity to experience a wide variety of exciting situations early on in life can perhaps benefit the most. Stories can help to shape our world, even though the environments we visit daily may be limited, reading exposes us to extraordinary worlds, people and far-flung places which can hugely enrich our imagination.

    If this isn’t reason enough to make sure you don’t skip those bedtime stories, then how about this...

    Books that mimic real world scenarios have been shown to help children deal with difficult situations in life, such as undergoing an operation or grieving the loss of a friend or family member. When we read fiction, our brains act in a very similar way to when we experience such a situation in real life, helping us to process any emotions which may arise.

    Reading fiction in particular can have a positive effect on a child’s behavioural patterns and social grounding, aiding in the development of empathetic tendencies – the ability to understand the thoughts and feelings of others. Reading can help children to develop a broader vocabulary, increase their general knowledge and develop a better understanding of the world.

    And if you don’t have the time or patience to sit down with a book – take the traditional route and tell your children a story instead...

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