The benefits of making the time to read with your child at home are well documented.
Research tells us that regular reading at home improves school performance as it helps
children to increase their vocabulary, improves their self-esteem, builds the skills
necessary for good social relationships and quite literally strengthens their brain.
Reading involves a complex network of circuits and signals in our brains. As a child’s
reading ability matures, those networks develop to become stronger and more
sophisticated. Regular reading at home will also increase the likelihood that your child
will find reading enjoyable in the future.Apart from the wonderful benefit of improving their schooling outcomes, reading with
your child also has benefits for their wellbeing. We adults are aware of the pleasure
that becoming lost in a good book brings and children can also benefit from the
escapism that reading creates. Studies have shown that children who enjoy reading and
do it regularly outside school are three times more likely to have high levels of mental
wellbeing than those less engaged. Once children become independent readers, we
sometimes phase out reading to them, but continuing to share books is a wonderful way
to foster closeness and conversation with your child which has a positive benefit to
older children’s mental health.
Tips for encouraging your child to read: