30 Captivating Reasons Why You Should Start Reading to Your Kids Now
Reading books aloud activates children’s creativity and enhances their knowledge of the world. This helps them improve language skills and communication skills, and allows them to understand the written word. Even after children have learned to read by themselves, reading aloud together is always an important thing to do. Children who are not read aloud to are at a distinct disadvantage to those who are read to. Not only does reading aloud to your child improve their vocabulary, and cause their brain to associate books and printed material with a feeling of well being, it also improves the parent – child relationship.
This bonding sessions will not only make your child feel close to you, the feeling of being loved and getting attention also helps him to grow smart. It’s no secret that activities at home are an important supplement to the classroom, but there’s more to it than that. Start young and stay with it!
Continue reading and read 30 happy remarks by those who have read and those who have been read to. The sweet memories and pure excitement in their voices speak a million words. Start reading to your kids today!
“We finished last night and today I overheard my son singing the Misty Mountain song. That experience brought us closer together and it warms my heart to know how much he appreciated our Hobbit time each night.”
“My dad read me the Hobbit and then LOTR when I was about 7 or 8. One of my earliest memories is the way my dad’s voice would change when he was reading the action sequences. Similar to the way Dan Carlin speaks when he quotes sources on Hardcore History.”
“My step dad read the series to sister and I. Skip forward 25 years, I can’t fall asleep without an audiobook. Really, really awesome act a parent can do for a child.”
“Being a parent that encourages creativity and more importantly the use of IMAGINATION is critical to any child’s future. Regardless of where your child ends (business, medicine, etc.) those early years of of pure bliss in your own imagination make a huge difference. My dad use to read to me when I was a child, and even though I lost him in 6th grade I know that I owe my current success to him and the stories he read.”
“I remember reading it to my son when he was about 3. Yes I know that’s a bit young but toddler books just weren’t cutting it at bedtime as far as capturing his attention. He hung on every word. I never imagined he could do that. We read a lot of my favorite fantasy series after that. By the time he was 5 we had read all of Narnia, and Harry Potter as well. I love how much he loves to read.”
“It’s the little things like this that impact a kids life the most when it comes to building the bond between parent and child. If only there was some way to make this a parenting requirement.”
“This brought back very happy memories of my mother reading this to me.”
“My son was born last night. I now have a new dad goal to accomplish with him and my two year-old daughter. Thanks for the inspiration!”
“My dad read my sister and I all of the Chronicles of Narnia when we were age 6-10. And it was amazing. We loved it.”
“Obviously it depends on the child but for me that really helped as a kid when my mother read it to me. Because I just wanted to know EVERYTHING I could about the world, and it being so descriptive helped a ton to immerse in the world more than the story.”
“My dad read me Alice in Wonderland, Tom Sawyer, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Robinson Crusoe, Ivanhoe, Robin Hood, among others, I’m sure. We read a lot of Greek mythology together, heavily edited, I’m sure. Growing up with often-referenced literature like that gave me a really solid base of knowledge.”
“Make this a routine. Pick another book. Read to him every night. My son is 16 now and I cannot tell you how much his world has been expanded by just reading to him. My 10 year old daughter carries a netbook I put together for her around and writes her own stories, and they’re actually really good. The things you give your children by reading to them are gifts beyond price. Treasure the time with them and keep doing it.”
“My Mum and Dad read it to me at bedtime when I was a kid, and I think it’s one of the things that defines how I feel about the way I was raised, i.e. well. As such, I can’t wait to start reading in this way to my daughter.”
“Very cool man! I hope to be such a father to my kids someday.”
“My primary school teacher read The Hobbit to my class when I was about seven or eight. It was really enthralling, and made me a Tolkien fan for life… Gollum and the Mirkwood Spiders were terrifying!”
“My husband read Harry Potter to our daughter at 3 years over many bedtimes. She was so invested, she insisted she was Harry many days at preschool, and her 4th birthday was entirely Harry Potter themed, to include a visit from a geeky high school aged friend who was happy to spend an afternoon dressed up as a literary character. She remembers little from those years, but she remembers that.”
“Use their interest in The Hobbit as a measure of the potential for their enjoyment of LotR. It does take some endurance on the part of the parent, that’s for sure, but having done it the rewards were so great it was wonderful.”
“I read The Hobbit to my 6 year old son over the course of two months. It was one of the best experiences of my life.”
“A love of reading in my opinion is paramount to imagination. If you can read it and see everything in your mind I think you have a huge step up on someone who doesn’t. It helps kids succeed. And being read to means you’ll want to read too. It’s beautiful.”
“My mother did that for me and my little brother when we were about that age. I remember her doing so vividly. Such a priceless memory.”
“My dad did the same with all of us. It was really special and I have great memories of huddling under a blanket with all my little siblings while he did all of the voices and occasionally fell asleep reading.”
“Reading The Hobbit to my future child is one of my life’s goals.”
“My father read The Hobbit to me as a little kid! When the LOTR movies came out we saw all of them together and then saw The Hobbit movies together as well. It was a really cool experience!!”
“My father read me the Hobbit when I was 8 or so. It will forever be my favorite book for that reason.”
“Have read the Chronicles set to all three of my children as they became old enough to appreciate it. They have all grown to love reading and are passionate about books. IMHO, reading to your children before bedtime as part of your nightly routine, is one one the greatest things you can do for them.”
“My dad read the whole LOTR to me too. Great part of growing up.”
“I’m 23 and just wanted to let you know: I credit most of whatever success I’ve had so far in my life to my parents fostering a love of reading in me, especially my dad reading books to me and my sister. Not only does it encourage imagination and creativity and vision, but it also develops vocabulary and syntax, both of which are very difficult to develop by study later. Encouraging your son to continue reading books that are challenging for him (slightly beyond his existing reading level but not frustrating) will give him a huge advantage over his peers in school and in life when it comes to his writing skills. Never stop making time for books with your son – the investment will pay huge dividends for the rest of his life.”
“I study teaching and in one of my subjects my lecturer told us that one of the most simple and important things you can do for your child is read to them from a young age.”
“My mother read The Hobbit to my sister and me in the car when we moved from Frederick Maryland to back to Seattle. The trip took 15 days including stops in interesting places like the Corn Palace and extended stays in places like Yellowstone when I was 6. I cannot think of an experience that was as influential to my imagination than that road trip.”
“My mom read it for me when I was a kid. God I love my mom!”
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