Unfortunately, many parents still don't know how important it is to read books regularly to their children. Even before birth, the unborn babies hear the voices of their parents, if only muffled. Reading aloud encourages your child.
Reading aloud - the gateway to language
This enables them to recognize their mother tongue and the voice of their mother and father shortly after the birth. This already shows how important it is to talk to children. Some research even suggests that children who have had books read to them from birth learn to read better themselves later.
Already babies, who can not speak yet, are happy when mom or dad look at books with them, even if they can not understand the meaning of the read text yet. They just enjoy being together with mom and dad and listening to their voices.
This lays the foundation for a good relationship between children and books
A very big advantage of children's books is that the “written language” differs significantly from the “spoken language”. In books, words are often used that the parents would never use to the child in their everyday life, either because the parents usually do not know the words properly themselves or because they do not use these rare words often themselves.
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But just by such unknown words children learn. For example, they question the meaning and purpose of the word and the parents then explain it and so the children can also remember these rarely used words and later use them themselves.
By reading aloud, the child is very quickly suitable for their own vocabulary. This also trains the memory.
In addition, the ability to concentrate is promoted by reading aloud, during which the child usually sits quietly on the lap of the parents and concentrates fully on what they read. Furthermore, his imagination is stimulated by trying to put himself in the person and the events.
If, after a while, the child begins to “read” the book passages on their own initiative, this is an important step towards reading independently.
Most children also have a few favorite books that they want to read over and over again. This is quite normal, because repeating brings the child security and self-confidence, if after some time it can already predict the end of a sentence. Rhymes and songs are particularly suitable for this.
Reading aloud should become a daily ritual in order to linguistically promote the child.
Read for better grades
In the age of television, computer and mobile, sometimes important things are missing out. This includes reading a good book. How important reading is, however, is shown by a study by the Stiftung Lesen. And the study comes to a clear conclusion: Reading aloud promotes the desire and willingness to read.
The sooner the children are read, the better. And only those who can read can also participate in society and the media.
The study by the Stiftung Lesen (Reading Foundation) shows that children who are read early and regularly receive better grades later in school. In addition, these children are more active and move much more in their free time. This eliminates the prejudice that reading children prefer to squat in their room rather than play outside.
Reading aloud encourages children to read for themselves. This in turn has a positive effect on their education and activity. It is important that the parents read the books themselves and do not run an audiobook. This does not bring the same effect, if only because the parents' presence is completely absent.
Reading aloud creates closeness and security
Even with the smallest children, parents can look at picture books and tell stories about them. This way the babies acquire the language and enjoy the words.
Parents can then read short, easy-to-understand stories in small children. The children learn to link the pictures with stories and to create connections.
Children whose parents read to them early have much more fun later and are more interested in reading books themselves. Since they can do this at school, most parents stop reading to children at this point. It is better, however, if the parents continue to read stories.
Because the children get the opportunity to play their fantasy world and do not have to concentrate on the technique of reading. They continue to combine reading with relaxation and not with a burden that they only have to do for school. Once the children feel that reading is a duty, it will be difficult for them to enjoy it.
Good are books where parents and children can take turns reading. These books are designed to alternate difficult and light passages. The children get the feeling that they can already compete with their parents. Reading aloud also creates a lot of closeness and security.
In these moments, the parents deal exclusively with the child, perhaps even sitting on the lap of the parents. These should then turn off the phone and cell phones and be there only for the child.
Rules for reading aloud
Reading aloud should be a solid ritual children can rely on. So the joy increases and it becomes an integral part of the day.
A good time to read aloud is in the evening, when the parents bring their child to bed. A nice bedtime story brings the child to rest. Exciting and exciting stories should better read out to parents during the day. Even then, the parents can create a solid ritual.
Some children need rest and security after their kindergarten visit. This is a good opportunity for a book.
The parents should adjust the length of the story to the age of the child. Young children need short and simple stories. Many children's books have an age indication for guidance precisely for this purpose.
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