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Parenthood: The benefits of reading aloud to your baby

Reading aloud to your baby bump can begin a vital love for language and reading.


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Reading aloud to your baby is one of the most powerful ways to create neural “talk” links within their developing brain.

Children begin to love the sound of language before they even know that written words exist. Reading books aloud activates children’s creativity and enhances their knowledge of the universe. This helps them improve language skills and communication skills, and allows them to understand the text. As language rhythm and harmony are a part of a child’s life, learning to read is as normal as learning to walk and speak.

“Reading aloud is important from infancy through the high school years,” according to a report from Reading is Fundamental.

Reading aloud sets the basis for language for unborn children

Before they are even raised, babies can hear their mother’s voice and learn a language — during the last 10 weeks of pregnancy, to be precise. Reading aloud to your unborn baby will lay the groundwork for the potential development of language and give your little one her first lesson in speech patterns.

Reading aloud shapes social competencies in children

Hearing you read with passion for various characters, such as using expressive sounds or different accents, creates emotional sensitivity in children. Pointing to and touching books helps young babies develop social skills.

Promotes basic communication skills

Hearing you read a book’s vocabulary enhances your child’s comprehension of how to express and enunciate vocabulary. Reading aloud also promotes “pre-literacy,” such as turning your baby’s page and squealing or showing enthusiasm about the novel.

Describes the world to your baby

Older children will sometimes latch on to a favourite book and be able to answer questions about it like, “What’s that?” It will help them to recognise their world’s everyday objects like vehicles, animals, and colours.

Reading aloud inspires children to read alone

If children hear an adult excitedly reading a favourite story, they are more likely to spontaneously look for books. It is a big step for preschoolers who need a lot of practice to develop their budding abilities in literacy.

If you have more than one child, consider reading alone with each child for some time, particularly if they’re more than two years apart. But reading to children at various levels and ages at the same time, too, is important. Many children enjoy listening to all kinds of stories. They can still grasp the idea, even when stories are complicated. They can be encouraged to ask questions.

Taking the time to regularly read with your children sends out an essential message: Reading is worthwhile.

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