Reading is quite possibly the most essential skill your child can learn at an early age. The sheer benefits they gain from reading are countless and immeasurable, and the earlier children start, the better off they are. Reading helps to improve creativity and critical thinking, and studies show that kids who read from a young age do better in school and indeed, have more success all the way into their adult years.
Among the greatest benefits of early reading is in the development of language and communication. Read about how to use great stories for kids to improve your child’s communication skills and get them off to a great start in life.
Syntax and Vocabulary
One of the first things reading does to enhance a child’s communication skills is build their vocabulary and knowledge of syntax. The more they read, or even are read to, the more words they add to their linguistic arsenal. This, in turn, gives them lots more choices when it comes to nuances in communication and creative ways to express themselves.
Sentence Structure and Choices
When kids take to reading, they learn how sentences are put together. They learn the different parts of speech, how they are used and how the whole puzzle fits to create a means by which they can communicate ideas, wants and desires. At a very young age, a child may not know what a “past participle” is, but they will learn how to use it naturally and instinctively. Putting sentences together properly will come without thinking.
When you read to your child, they gain the benefit of hearing language communicated to them. It can be especially beneficial to have others read to your child as well. Take them to story time. Have your child’s babysitter read to them. Ask Grandpa and Grandma to spend reading time together.
Different voices and inflections help a child to learn that everyone expresses themselves differently, and it can be invaluable in helping them develop his or her voice. Interactive eBooks can be another great option for hearing another voice communicate stories and ideas.
Talk to Your Child
Equally important to reading itself is to talk with your child about the stories when you are done reading them. Ask your child questions about what they heard, what they learned and what they liked or did not like. Encourage them to ask questions and communicate ideas. This give-and-take is vital in their linguistic development. It also helps you to determine which books are best for your child and will keep them the most interested and engaged.
There are tons of options out there to help you get your child off to a world of reading and books. Your local library, school, home bookshelves and, of course, millions of interactive eBooks on the Internet. Take some time to explore a few of our free eBooks and other resources for early learning and skills today!