Now that the school year is back in full swing, let’s discuss the importance of reading to your child (if they are young) and having your child read to you (if your child is older) for at least 20 minutes each night. It’s easy to make excuses of why not to read when there are practices after school, games, activities, etc. I get it. Even though my own boys are still quite young, 4 and 7, we make time to read every night. Why? Well, I think this list from Best Books for Kids (https://www.best-books-for-kids.com/benefits-of-reading.html) sums it up pretty nicely:
- Kids who reading often and widely get better at it.
- Reading exercises our brains.
- Reading improves concentration.
- Reading teaches children about the world around them.
- Reading improves a child’s vocabulary, which leads to more highly-developed language skills and improves the child’s ability to write well.
- Reading develops a child’s imagination.
- Reading helps kids develop empathy.
- Children who read, perform better at school.
- Reading is a great form of entertainment.
- Reading relaxes the body and calms the mind.
I also love this visual from https://sallieborrink.com/1792000-reasons-why-your-child-needs-to-read-every-day/
While we may not feel that skipping a night here and there matters, the fact is, it does matter. Do my children participate in after school activities? Yes. But, my kids know, when it’s time to get ready for bed, it also means it’s time for books. It’s my favorite time of the day. I love curling up with them and sharing a silly story, or solving a mystery, or just reading to relax. Make it part of your routine and your children will develop a love for reading to last a lifetime. Go to your public library together. Let your child take ownership of the books you will read together. If your child is older, it’s not too late. The teachers here at Trinity would love to help your child find an interest and foster it with reading. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 630.629.5601 to start a life-long reading adventure.