Should I Read to My Child Every Day?
The simple answer is yes. Every. Day. Even when you don’t want to read a bedtime story to your children, you have to. Why? Because it helps to build a solid foundation for language, and consequently, excelling in school.
If you read 10 – 20 minutes per day (I average it out. Saturdays and Sundays get longer sessions) your child will have read or been exposed to between 500,000 and 1.5 million words over the course of a year.
5 Reasons To Promote Reading to Your Children
There are many reasons to read to your children, but here are my favourite five:
- Advances writing skills
- Develops concentration and focus
- Enriches vocabulary
- Widens worldviews / makes children more receptive to the ‘other’ (ideas, cultures, opinions)
- Improves Memory
As much as I love reading to my kids (well most times), I get bored of reading the same book every night. That is why we try and go to the library twice a month to stock up on books. I also love to buy books at local bookstores or online that have characters that are like my little girls.
Most of the time, I have to find those types of books on the Internet. To say I was excited about getting the book “When God Made Light” was an understatement. Now, I am not a super religious person, but my kids go to church every Sunday. My mom takes them, so it is a win-win all around.
When God Made Light Book Review
When God Made Light is a follow up to When God Made You. These books follow two sisters who go on a fun adventure while learning about healthy self-esteem and the workings of god in their lives. The writing in this book is excellent in regards to a children’s book. The sentences are short, sweet and they rhyme. By now you know I dislike children’s books that don’t rhyme. What is the point?
The illustrations are impeccable as they are bright, true to life, and a bit whimsical. I love that the little girls have cornrows. My youngest never stays still long enough for that hairstyle, but maybe one day she will. #PleaseSendPrayers
Whether or not you are religious this is a fun book to have in the house.
Not only is this book great, but this edition came with a super cute nightlight. I was delighted when I opened up the package and saw it. The night light consists of a little string of lights in a mason jar. Perfect. So hipster. So 2018. My oldest daughter is quite happy with it since she is scared of the dark.
Reading Isn’t Enough
Just when you thought I was going to wrap this post up!
I have to say that reading to your kids every day or night isn’t quite enough. It is really important to ask them questions about what they just read. Why? Well, because reading comprehension is improved in children when they are asked to retell a story they just heard. They are forced to pay attention to the details and improve their memories.
I like to ask my 2-year-old super simple questions like “Was it snowing or raining in the forest? What was the girl’s name?” I usually keep it to a few short questions and let her go play.
My 5-year-old is a different story. I insist on asking her more difficult questions or ask her to re-write the ending of the story. She usually gets mad at me, but I always say “My job is to be your parent, not your friend! ”