When you enroll your child in daycare, you wonder if you’ve done the right thing. You don’t know if he or she will get the guidance and attention necessary for growth. Perhaps you wonder if your child would have better learning experiences with you. However, you still have to go to work, so you drop off your child and hope for the best.
Luckily, if you’ve chosen a quality childcare center, you won’t have to worry about your child’s development. The childcare center will give your child a full education that’ll not only prepare him or her for school, but boost his or her creativity and understanding. Most of that boost will come from reading.
Reading has more benefits than most learning experiences. Read below to find out how reading can boost your child’s success later in life.
What Reading Does for Your Child’s Development
Reading helps children develop in several ways:
1. They’ll learn better communication skills.
Reading increases children’s ability to accurately express themselves. Their pronunciation will improve, and they’ll recognize language patterns that’ll help them to learn more and more words as they grow. Reading also builds vocabulary, which means they’ll better understand what you tell them.
2. They’ll increase their IQ.
Reading forces the brain to perform a complex task: taking words on a page and transforming them into images, sounds, sensations, and concepts. This activity strengthens the neurons in the brain, and it helps the brain form connections between neurons. This allows signals (and therefore thoughts) to travel more quickly.
The more your child practices this task, the better his or her brain will be at making connections, which means he or she will learn more quickly. This learning ability also extends to mathematics, science, and social skills.
3. They’ll develop logical thinking skills.
Reading also forces children to think abstractly and imagine what would happen in different scenarios. They’ll learn to recognize cause and effect, and they’ll learn what constitutes good judgment and bad judgment.
4. They’ll have enhanced concentration.
Most children have a hard time sitting in one spot and doing one activity for a long time. However, as they practice reading, they’ll want to know how the story ends. As a result, they’ll learn to have patience and concentrate on the story. Eventually, they’ll develop the discipline to focus on learning. And the earlier they start developing this focus, the better they’ll be at concentrating on their homework when they start school.
5. They’ll develop a heightened imagination.
In today’s job market, more and more employers put an emphasis on creativity. They don’t want robotic workers who can only follow instructions. They want employees who can improve processes and use creativity to think outside the box.
Reading helps children develop this skill at an early age. Even if your child develops a goofy imagination, encourage it. It’ll help him or her succeed later.
6. They’ll have exposure to unfamiliar concepts, so they’ll learn empathy and tolerance.
Perhaps most importantly of all, reading helps children understand the world. And that understanding won’t just extend to science—it’ll extend to people as well. Reading helps everyone step into another person’s shoes for a little while, and it teaches us to sympathize with other people’s thoughts, feelings, and experiences. That sympathy will teach your child to love everyone and eschew prejudice.
How to Help Your Child Love Reading
Your child may not understand reading’s importance at first, even if the employees at daycare encourage him or her to do it. You’ll have to do your part to help your child learn to read:
- Lead by example. Read around the house where your child can see you. Children often want to be like their parents, especially when they’re younger.
- Read aloud to your child. Turn reading into a bonding experience. Since your child will have positive reading experiences, he or she will likely learn to love it. Remember to point to the words as you read them.
- Keep books easily accessible. If your child has to struggle to get to books, he or she may feel frustrated and give up.
- Talk about stories after you read them. If you point out things your child could learn as you read, he or she may want to know more about other literary discoveries.
You should also read books at your child’s intellectual level. Beginners would probably enjoy simple, rhyming books like Dr. Seuss or picture books like Where the Wild Things Are. You can move on to chapter books as your child’s imagination and concentration develop.
Every quality childcare center will make reading part of its curriculum, so don’t worry about your child’s development. Through reading, he or she will gain the knowledge and skills needed for future success. You can do your part by using the tips above to help your child learn to love reading.