The Power Of Bedtime Stories

Once upon a bedtime story, the benefits of reading to your child…

1. Strengthens parent-child bond-
Reading with your child at night gives you a chance to cuddle up with them and bond for a minute. It might seem like a simple gesture, but its sure to stick with your child for a lifetime.

2. Builds your child’s language-
Books are filled with words and language that differs from their everyday lives. Books help to build a child’s vocabulary and models speech.

3. Develops child cognitive and logical skills-
Books help children learn how to read left to right. Also, reading the same book multiple times helps children to learn to predict future outcomes. Over time children will learn to make predictions about books they have read for before. Another benefit of reading is that it helps develop problem solving skills. Reading models how to solve problems and helps children learn empathy. By asking questions like “how would that make you feel,” helps children relate to the character and reflect on their own feelings.

4. Improves child future academic success-
Reading is the first step to word recognition and writing skills. These skills will carry on though your child’s life. Reading to your child every night also develops routine and helps prepare children for school. While reading to your child every night has its benefits, take time to read to your child whenever you get the chance. Simple actions like reading signs in the store or in the car can have some of the same benefits and help your child learn about the world around them.

Book recommendations-

I Love You, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt

Llama, Llama, Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney

Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner

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