At the end of the day, when you’re just soooo tired from feeding, cleaning, wiping, playing, dancing with, serving, swaddling, soothing, and just generally taking care of your child, reading to your little one can just feel like one more thing to do. But studies show that reading to your baby is very beneficial. Here are just four reasons why:
It opens the world to your child.
While developing children’s language and communication skills, reading also helps children understand the world around them and gives context to what they see and experience. It is a way to open the world for your child.
It provides comfort.
While babies may not understand the concepts and story lines of books, hearing your voice is comforting and, in time, the child will find meaning in the words you are using. In fact, the more words parents use when speaking to an 8-month-old infant, the greater the size of their child’s vocabulary at age 3.
It can promote early literacy.
Reading to an infant can promote emergent literacy and language development. It helps children become familiar with books and accustomed to listening and focusing.
It has a direct effect on testing.
According to analyses of the PISA exam (Program for International Student Assessment), which is given to 15-year-olds worldwide, the biggest factor influencing higher scores was whether or not a child was read to on a regular basis when they were young.