Read to Your Children

Winnie-the-pooh looked around to see
that nobody was listening, put his paw to his mouth and said in a deep whisper
“honey!” It’s been said that children are made readers on the laps of their
parents there was great value in reading both for the parent and the child so how
often do you read to your children. As the father of three daughters reading
was a regular occurrence usually prior to bedtime but at other times as well
and they look forward to those occasions which also provided time for parental
bonding and teaching in many ways this tradition of reading to them began at a
very early age and continued on well into elementary school where they would
oftentimes read back to my wife and I now our daughters have their own
children and the tradition of reading continues with them encouraging the love
of reading at this early age will result in many measurable benefits children who
are read to are likely to pick up reading skills more quickly and easily
the principle of teaching young children for the purpose of establishing and
enhancing them was direction given to ancient Israel’s parents in the book of
Deuteronomy you shall teach them diligently to your children and shalt
talk of them when you sit in your house when you walk by the way when you lie
down and when you rise up according to an article written by Jeff Grabmeier
of the Ohio State news titled a million word gap for children who aren’t read to
at home young children whose parents read them five books a day enter
kindergarten having heard about 1.4 million more words than kids who were
never read to a new study found and according to Jessica Logan assistant
professor of educational studies at Ohio State University and lead author of the
study referred to by mr. Grabmeier states that this million word gap could
be one key in explaining differences in vocabulary and reading development she
goes on to say kids who hear more vocabulary words are going to be better
prepared to see those words in print when they enter school the study also
showed that the vocabulary word gap is different from the conversational word
gap and may have different implications for children as she goes on to say this
isn’t about everyday communication the words kids hear in books are going to be
much more complex difficult words than they hear just talking to their parents
and others in the home so the results of the study focus on the importance of
reading to your children and exposing them to a varied vocabulary it’s simply
good for children and the earlier you read to them the better another study
conducted at the University of Melbourne sights the value of reading in the
development of cognitive skills the research article titled reading to young
children a head start in life states that cognitive skills are influenced by
a number of factors including parental efforts simply being involved in their
development the study found that the most effective period for developing
your child’s cognitive skills is early on and up to the age of 10 to 11 they
simply term it early life intervention so when in the evening your child asks
you to read them a bedtime story don’t refuse but instead remember it is a very
important role for you as a parent and the development and educational
performance of your child you in fact are helping them to expand their world
and their love of reading as the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis stated there
are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world love of books is the best
of all the benefits are truly great I am Winston Gosse for tomorrow’s world
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