By: Krystle Crossman
Reading is an extremely important part of a child’s development. When they are young and cannot read yet it is important that you read to them. It is so important in fact that the American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending reading aloud every day to all parents. The next time you visit the doctor you most likely will hear them tell you how important it is to read to your child.
When you read out loud to your child there are more benefits than you may realize. You are creating a bond with them. They will appreciate that time that you are setting aside just for them. They will learn how to enunciate and sound out words. If you follow the words with your finger or theirs they can begin to associate letters with sounds. Children are also found to be more social when their parents read to them at a young age. They will end up with better comprehension skills as well.
A study in 2007 estimated that at least half of the children in the U.S. are not read to every day. The children that come from low-income families heard less words spoken to them and had been read to less than those that came from families with more money. This wasn’t always the case though. The National Survey of Children’s Health from 2011 to 2012 showed that in low-income families only 34% of children were read to daily and in high-income families still only 60% were read to every day.
Some of the biggest contributors to the lack of reading time are busy work schedules, busy after-school activities schedules, and lack of focus due to electronics. The American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending that the doctors remind parents of the “5 Rs”:
– Regular schedules
– Rewarding successes
– Relationship development