When I look back on my childhood I have such fond memories of being read to.
I remember the memory of snuggling up to my mom or sitting right up close to my teacher’s legs as they read stories to me. In fact, I probably remember these memories more than I do the actual stories that were read.
Turns out that all that reading aloud that I was exposed to was not only about the memories and of feelings of love and safety. Many studies now show that reading aloud to your child is probably the single most important activity that a parent and teacher can do to develop a child’s language. In our modern, technological world we often lose sight of the fact that reading a book, an old fashioned paper one, is still so vital.
We live in a world full of visual distractions. Our children, and us, are bombarded 24/7 from all the various devises we all have. These devises constantly distract us. Just think about how many times a day you are distracted by some social medial “ping”. Its alarming to note that a recent Microsoft study suggested that the human attention span is about 8 seconds. To put this into perspective the average attention span of a goldfish is 9 seconds!!
Visual stimulation has its merits, but also many down falls. A debatable topic for another day! But suffice to say that many of our children are no longer being read to but are rather put in front of a screen. Because of this, children have forgotten how to listen as they no longer need to, its right in front of them, visually.
Reading aloud is not old fashioned! The memories and feelings of security are just one small area as to the advantages reading aloud brings. Did you know that reading aloud to a child:
- Significantly aids in a child’s language development
- Builds motivation, curiosity and memory
- Creates a lifetime of interest in reading
- Strengthens a child’s imagination
- Build comprehension
So maybe over the Easter holidays, snuggle up with your child and simply read to them. I promise you not only will they, and you, benefit immensely because before you know it they will be far too big to sit on your lap, or will want to read by themselves.