The benefits of reading with your child

Though it can often be a struggle to find the time, curling up with your Little One and sharing a book can be the best way to wrap up a day – for both parent and child. As well as being a wonderful bonding time, reading with your child has been linked with improved language and early reading skills. This positive difference is evident throughout their school years and beyond.

The value of reading with your child

Why would the simple act of reading with your child have such a positive impact on a child’s academic achievement?

First, there is strong evidence that much of children’s knowledge of sophisticated words is acquired during incidental learning, which occurs while they are being read to. Reading with your child exposes them to words not often encountered in everyday life, broadening their vocabulary and general knowledge. This is particularly impactful during those first five years of life – a period of rapid language learning.

When reading with your child, parents often ask questions and engage in discussions about what’s happening in the story. You might explore different outcomes and help children develop problem-solving skills. This can then lead to enriched cognitive development.

Research also suggests experiences related to nursery rhymes, songs, games, and book reading can give young children access to ideas, concepts, and vocabulary that lead to higher levels of mathematics performance. You may notice many children’s books include mathematics-related content, such as counting, measurements, geometry, growth and change. These enhanced cognitive skills not only lead to better literacy outcomes, and enhanced mathematical comprehension, but great academic achievement in general.

There really is a great reason to get reading with your child tonight!

Not sure what to read? Pop along to your local library where they have a huge range of children’s books to borrow. Find your local Brisbane, Gold Coast or Sunshine Coast library for inspiration and advice.

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By Claire Gilligan
WITH A FIFO HUSBAND WHO WORKS AWAY WEEKS AT A TIME, CLAIRE ENJOYS FINDING FUN, LOCAL THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO VISIT TO OCCUPY HER AND HER TWO GIRLS' TIME. ORIGINALLY FROM SYDNEY, CLAIRE AND HER FAMILY LOVE ALL THE THINGS THE SUNSHINE COAST HAS TO OFFER AND ENJOY SHOWING IT OFF TO VISITING FAMILY AND FRIENDS. Kids on the Coast is a free family magazine whats on guide for Kids: things to do, school holiday fun and free activities for kids... Fun attractions, family food & travel, kids health & wellbeing, kids parties venues, parenting, pregnancy & babies, guide for parents. Servicing Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and beyond, Kids on the Coast is an online guide for parents with kids things to do with kids, schools and education and lifestyle news located on Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast & Brisbane, QLD.

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