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Why Should I Read To My Child?


I would imagine that most reading and learning websites you have come across have suggested you read to your child. In fact, it’s probably one of the most common suggestions. And most of you are probably doing it anyway. But why is reading to your child so important?

 Reading to your child is super important because your child can learn and experience the following things:


1. Your Child Hears Language

By reading to your child, you are surrounding them with language.

• They hear words and ideas they know, as well as learning new ones.

• The beauty of reading is you can transport your child into an imaginary world or share knowledge on an interesting subject. You don’t need to send your child into space for them to learn about it – they can experience and learn things through the fiction and non-fiction texts you read them.

• Because you are doing the reading, you can read more advanced books that have trickier, unfamiliar words so your child can learn new words.

• They will also get a chance to hear the range of sounds and rhymes that come up in stories. This will help with their listening and sound awareness skills – very important!


2. Your Child Hears How A Story Should Be Read

When your child is learning to read, it can be very stop/ start – it can be hard work for them and hard work for you to listen! But they need to hear how it should sound – developing fluency is a key goal in learning to read as it helps with understanding what is being read.


3. Your Child Learns Basic Book Concepts

As you read, you show your child:

• How to hold a book.

• How to turn the pages.

• What is the front and the back of the book.

• Where to start and finish reading on a page.

• The difference between words and pictures

• Which way the words go. If you point to the words as you read you show that reading usually goes from left to right.


4. Your Child Sees Language

Reading is very much a visual medium. It also relies on memory. So if you point to words as you read, over time, your child may start to recognise some of the words that appear frequently.


5. Your Child Practises Concentration

Some children are overwhelmed by sitting on a mat at school to listen to a story. They wriggle and disrupt the other children. This is often because they haven’t been given the opportunity to practise sitting and listening to a story. I know it can be hard work getting your child to sit still for even a minute. But if you can try to get your child to sit down for a couple of minutes and build on that over time, you are helping them to build the concentration skills they will need for school.


6. Your Child Gets To Spend Time With You

One of the biggest rewards that your child gets from you reading to them is the time you get to spend together. I have asked many children what their favourite things are about their home and family and they rarely speak about the latest whizz bang toy they have been given. It’s quite often simple things like cooking, talking, playing and reading together. Pleas make time to create this memory for your child.


Happy Learning!






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