Why reading aloud is important

Most adults will remember well their own childhood, and above all that stories were read to them in bed in the evenings. If you can’t remember each of the stories anymore, it’s definitely the situation when reading out.

Reading stories - still an experience for children

Reading a story to your child is not just paying him attention and attention. Today we especially remember such times when we were sick in bed and a story reading distracted and comforted us.

Reading aloud is important for child development
Reading is important for child development - © Dan Race / Adobe Stock

Children find solace and distraction in reading stories primarily because they can concentrate on what they have heard and immerse themselves in the world of history in an imaginative way. Abdominal pain and other ailments are quickly forgotten, do you remember?

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Young children especially like to have an exciting story read to them. But that's not just because of their curiosity to always want to discover something new. With their imagination, children are able to put themselves in the role of book heroes.

As they listen, they can use the pictorial image in their head to empathize with what the actors experience in the story. Stories have different effects depending on the age of the child, but this is not only due to the actors in the book.

In principle, parents should consciously choose which story to tell their child on which occasion. As a bedtime story, no exciting adventures and exciting stories are recommended, these are rather something for a rainy afternoon on the couch. Before or to fall asleep, topics are suitable in which it is calm and contemplative and the tension is kept at a low level.

Reading aloud - stories with an educational effect

The entertainment value of reading aloud is undisputed, also that one or the other story can provide tension or relaxation. Reading aloud also offers the opportunity for children to learn something.

Even very small listeners absorb what is said, letter by letter and word by word. They hear new words and terms, may ask questions one time or another, and learn to express and express themselves in a playful way. The structure of the language is promoted along the way, even if children don't notice it themselves.

Do you remember if you copied Michel from Lönneberga? Even today, children can still use the nested words and sentences of Pippi Longstocking from the Eff-Eff. Such word acrobatics train the brain, for the children it is obviously fun.

Learn picture books, rhymes and reading

When children come into contact with books at an early stage, they take up a very natural place in their lives. Even the picture book is fascinating for the little ones. There are big colorful pictures, later simple picture sequences and a little later you can find a few words or a sentence below. The well-known nursery rhymes also promote the child's thinking, so that it begins to learn to read the individual words later.

Exciting stories can be particularly helpful when children come to school and have to learn to read there. They then bridge the effort of learning through the tension in the narrative and once again playfully ensure that learning to read can progress.


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