As it is Book Week, this is a timely reminder for us all on the wonder and power of reading, both for ourselves and for our children. Research has shown that parents frequently get involved in reading to their children when they are young, but as they grow and progress through primary school and are more able to read themselves, many parents stop reading aloud to their children. But there is evidence to show that there are still many things older children gain from being read to by adults.
Being read to can improve and develop a child’s vocabulary, phonological awareness, comprehension and imagination skills and understanding of literature and writing. It can also help to develop curiosity, motivation and language skills and promotes and encourages lifelong readers. When adults read to children, they can also choose stories which are at a higher level to what a child could comfortably read themselves and get them hooked on wonderful books that will continue to interest them in later years. One of the best benefits from reading aloud to children is that it can support bonding and strengthen the relationship between a parent and child. Snuggling up to their mother, father or grandparent and listening to an interesting or exciting story, may be one of the fondest memories’ children hold of their childhood and family.
If you’re feeling time-poor, why not consider downloading some audiobooks and listening to them together while on car trips? This can be a fun shared experience, plus a great way of keeping the kids happy (and quiet!) during long journeys.
Parents reading aloud for children – don’t give it up! What are you reading together?
Have a look at this article about the benefits of reading aloud for all:
Book Week and Book Fair
A huge thank you to all the staff who have put together a great week of celebrating the power of reading. Congratulations Yvonne, Rachael and Susan. Thank you for using your Reading Superpower to inspire us to have a love reading.