I am convinced that reading aloud to your children is one of the best things you can do for them.
Why? There are so many reasons, but to name a few, reading a good book together:
- builds relationship
- is enjoyable
- cultivates wonder
- feeds the mind
- increases vocabulary
Let’s take a minute to dive in here.
Reading is a wonderful way to build relationship with your child. You are sharing an experience–sharing an adventure. Engage the book further than just the words on the page, and you have an opportunity to get to know your child and pour into him.
Talk about what you are reading between pages and when the story is over. Relate what is being read to experiences in the child’s life. Talk about the pictures. Have your child interact with the book, touching and pointing to what she sees.
In these treasured moments you fully give your child the gift of you, and you will reap the rewards of relationship with your child in return.
Reading is enjoyable for your child! Every child loves to spend time snuggled up with Mom or Dad reading a good book.
Reading offers a sense of security and a safe place to dream. Safe in the arms of Mom on their own couch, they can adventure to far-away lands and experience new things.
I believe you’ll find reading to your child to be enjoyable, too. If you are a parent that doesn’t especially enjoy reading aloud, listen to Sarah’s podcast episode with Misty.
Reading cultivates wonder. Wonder is defined as “rapt attention or astonishment at something awesomely mysterious or new to one’s experience.”
We were created to commune with a God who is wonderful. That is, wonder-FULL. He created a world full of wonder for us to enjoy. If you’re not convinced, just take a few moments and stare at the night sky, the vastness of the ocean, or Niagara.
Reading to your children can open up mysterious and new experiences for them, stirring up the wonder that God meant for them to embrace.
Reading feeds the mind. Just like you give your child healthy food every day to nourish their body, give them a hearty diet of soul food as well. Their minds are always developing, and they will feed on whatever is in front of them.
Be intentional about providing quality mind food for your child by reading good books to her. The nourishment doesn’t stop when the read-aloud is over. Think about a time when you have read good book. Doesn’t it begin to shape your thoughts and actions as you process what you’ve read?
Your children are the same, and what they ingest as you read will continue to be processed even after you are finished with the story.
Reading increases your child’s vocabulary. Reading a good book exposes your child to many more words than conversation alone.
There are about 10,000 English words that are considered common words, and these are the words we normally use in conversation. The other words of the English language are considered “rare” words. Understanding these rare words will help your child process more complex ideas and feelings, a skill that will be essential for their success in school later on.
Jim Trelease, author of The Read-Aloud Handbook, says, “A good children’s book is three times richer in vocabulary than conversation.” Regular exposure to book words now sets children up for success later on.
So, graceful mama, take a few moments today to snuggle up and read. You’ll be glad you did! Work it into your daily routine. Make time for it whenever you can. Reading aloud to your child is a small investment that will produce big returns.
Around the first of the year, I knew I needed to be reading aloud more to my children. It was on my mind. A lot. I asked the Lord for more grace in this area, and then I stumbled upon the Read Aloud Revival. It was just what I needed! Check out Sarah’s Read Aloud Revival website and podcast for inspiration and good information! I love Sarah’s work. She is a homeschooling mother of six who blogs at Amongst Lovely Things.
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