8 Reasons Why You Must Read Bedtime Stories to Your Child

12 Jun

Reading sparks children’s imagination, enhances vocabulary and communication skills, helps perform better academically, and basically sets kids up for success. English reading for kids, especially, is critical in acquiring skills needed to succeed in the 21st century, such as presentation and public speaking skills.

There are many things parents can do to enhance reading skills in kids. However, one important practice that is often overlooked is reading bedtime stories to children. No matter their age, reading bedtime stories can work wonders in accelerating your little one’s overall growth. Read on to find out how.

Mom and Daughter reading
  • It Improves Language Skills –From improved listening skills to improved comprehension skills, bedtime reading has tons of benefits to offer. The activity gives children a better understanding of sentence formation and idea expression, enhancing the overall language skills in kids. You can also take turns to read, asking them to read a paragraph or maybe a page or two every day. This is again a great activity that will tremendously improve their reading skills
  • It Sparks Imagination –In a study conducted on 19 children, it was found that being read to is associated with the activation of areas in the brain that handle comprehension and mental imagery. This means that bedtime stories enable kids to create their versions of the story using their imagination– an ability that plays a major role in developing creative, problem-solving, social, and emotional skills in children.
  • It Expands Vocabulary –A good vocabulary for kids requires listening to a word several times. So, if you read the same story to your child at bedtime every day for 10 to 12 days, they will end up learning many new words from it. Moreover, children also learn how those new words are used in patterns and rhymes, which is necessary for enhancing reading and writing skills.
  • It Builds Love for Reading –Children who are exposed to books and stories at a young age are more likely to develop an interest in reading. If you read bedtime stories to your child, chances are they will start to love books and develop a reading habit for life.
  • It Encourages Conversations –Parents can smartly take cues from story books to build conversations with their child and improve their communication skills. For example, if a character from the book goes on a vacation, you can ask your little one where they would like to go and why.
  • It Improves Mental Wellbeing – We all know how relaxing reading books can be. Listening to bedtime stories isn’t any different. It makes children feel relaxed, more empathetic, and confident since they may perceive the characters of a story as role models. It also breaks the cycle of stress during tests and examinations.
  • It Enhances Emotional Intelligence – Reading books to kids does a great job of expanding children’s emotional vocabulary. When their favorite characters in the book struggle with problems and emotions, it helps kids learn how to voice out their problems. Emotional stories also create opportunities for kids to talk about their feelings that may be a little too overwhelming for their age, for example, a pet dog passing away or difficulty making friends at school. Emotional stories also create opportunities for kids to talk about their feelings that may be a little too overwhelming for their age, for example, a pet dog passing away or difficulty making friends at school.

While reading bedtime stories is a productive activity for kids, it is also a great opportunity for parents to bond with them. So, pick out some interesting storybooks for your child and make bedtime reading a regular thing.

Author Bio:

Samidha Raj works as part of the content marketing team at PlanetSpark, a platform that provides online classes to K8 learners on “New Age Skills” like English Communication, Public Speaking, Grammar, Creative Writing, Debating, etc. She is passionate about empowering the youth by educating parents about the importance of 21st-century skills. In her free time, you can find her watching documentaries or animated movies and organizing game nights (board games are her thing)!

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