Our brain is one part of our body that never stops changing, growing and developing. Every day, the things we see, hear and experience are locked in our minds and over the years we have learned that creativity and interactive activity is essential for the development of the brain. This is particularly true during early childhood, where the majority of our brain development occurs and sets the stage for our future. Reading is one of the most important means of achieving this development. Learn how reading with parents has a measurable positive effect on child brain development, and sets them on a path to success later in life.
Reading and Child Brain Development
Reading engages a child’s imagination and encourages them to visualize words, concepts and events. It helps them to analyze and process complex ideas and not only to be creative, but to think for themselves, outside the box.
Developing a love of reading in your child helps them build critical thinking, language and comprehension skills. It helps them in fundamental ways such as recognizing letters and sounds, remember and recall information, and teaches them to recognize and build sentences. It is also proven to have a direct effect on their potential for success later in life. Children who read have measurably higher academic scores.
Parents and grandparents who spend reading time with children tend to have a much stronger bond with their kids than those who don’t. This teaches children about healthy relationships as well as gets them into the habit of establishing a reading routine.
As children get older, they will naturally transition to reading on their own, but this doesn’t need to be the end of reading time. Parents and children can spend time reading together and talking with each other about the books they are reading. The bond can be strengthened and go on even into their teenage years as reading becomes important family time.
What You Can Do
All it takes is a mere twenty minutes every day up to age five to create a passion for reading and literature in your child. This love of reading, developed at an early age, will carry on into school. Children who have this early time with their parents not only bond more closely with mom and dad, but tend to be proficient at reading by the time they are eight years old!
One of the keys to getting kids reading is to have a lot of books available. The more books you have in your home, the more likely your child is to find their way to them. Spend a lot of time in book stores and your local library. Make books an integral part of your child’s early experience and young life. Present them as a necessity, not a luxury.
If you want to get your child off to the best possible start in reading, try a classic ebook like the Three Little Pigs. Then take some time to explore our website for the wealth of other amazing early literacy tools we have available to get your child reading today!