Reading for children: why this is so important!
Last week, the National Reading Days started. The aim is to encourage children – who are not yet able to read – to be read out regularly. But reading is invaluable to all ages: it makes you smart, happy and healthy. How exactly does that work? Read all about it in this blog!
Just a little bit of a dream away
Did you know that being read and read out is very healthy? This applies to both children and adults. First of all, reading works especially relaxed. It gives your child a glimpse into a completely different world. Exciting, adventurous, cheerful and full of fantasy! Reading books stimulates imagination and that makes it possible for your child to dream away from a story: “Joehoe, I asked you what…”. Delicious, right!
Enlarging the vocabulary
From the moment your child is able to recognize and read words, a world opens up for them. Not only is your child working on a more extensive vocabulary, but it is also good for the overall language development. He or she learns a lot in the field of writing, grammar, sentence structure and spelling. And your child will benefit a lot from this at school again!
By reading it you will gain insight into the different characters of the people in the book. One is sad, while the other may feel guilty again. Your child discovers several sides of a story and learns to empathize with the (main) persons. This has a positive effect on social development and on dealing with others.
Even toddlers will recognize things of their own if you read a book to them. They naturally know basic emotions such as fear, joy and anger as the best. For a toddler or the more introverted children, reading a story can also help to make a difficult subject open to discussion. For example, read a book together about a specific situation (moving house, becoming house trained, saying goodbye or playing together). Chances are that a book will help you to open a conversation with your child.
Read by age
0 – 4 years
You can start reading at any age. Most children love to go to the library together and find their own books. You can even find fun (cuddly) books for babies here. Children are free members of the library and you can start immediately. By regularly reading together and reading a story before going to bed, you give your child a good basis. Here you’ll find tips on how to make reading out at home even more fun!
Group 1 and 2
Your child gets to know ‘written text’. He or she learns a number of letters from the alphabet and perhaps already knows some written words, such as his or her own name. Often one letter is dealt with at a time in the classroom. This allows your child to get to know all the letters of the alphabet step by step.
In group 3, your child will really take steps to read for himself. First he or she learns the loose words and later the first sentences follow. The pace at which this happens is different for each child. One will pick it up in group 2 and the other will only start in group 3.
Group 4 to 8
During these years, your child will continue to develop his or her reading skills. In this way ‘reading comprehension’ is addressed; children learn to really understand what has been written and what exactly a story is about. They also develop their own way of reading, also called reading strategy. A lot of attention is paid in the classroom to reading skills and the independent reading of books.
The importance of reading
Reading books enriches your child’s world. There are also fun books to borrow for every age and reading level in the (school) library. Reading opens a door to another world, stimulates the imagination and is fantastic for both the language and social development of your child. This is important and handy in primary school! It is good to keep in mind that each child is going through his or her own development, at his or her own pace. Also read Linda’s blog about getting better in language for concrete tips.
In short: stimulating the reading of a book has a positive effect on every child. Does your child like reading? Do you have tips for other parents on how to get your child to read? Find out more by clicking this link: dumblittleman.com/reading-tips