Reading to your child is the best way to foster a love a reading. Reading a bedtime story to your child is a great place to start. Many parents, however, do not read bedtime stories. A study conducted by TomTom noted that one third of parents never read a bedtime story to their kids. Parents cited working late and long commutes as the prime reasons they don’t read bedtime stories. But reading just fifteen minutes at bedtime can be beneficial not only for the kids but for parents as well. Reading to your child allows both of you to unwind, relax and strengthens the parent/child bond.
Children that are read to have larger vocabularies, learn to read faster, and have a greater understanding of the world around them. And reading aloud should not stop when your child learns to read. For advice and tips about reading to children the National Association for the Education of Young Children compiled a fabulous resource of tips for reading to children of all ages. Be a storyteller, a compiler of memories, a designer of imagination. And no better day to start is World Read Aloud Day, Wednesday, February 24, 2016.
What are your favorite bedtime stories? Let me know in the comment section below. I would love to know what everyone is reading.