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The importance of reading aloud for babies and young kids

Reading for kids is one of the most important things parents can do, it supports kids healthy brain development that forms the foundation for their success later in school, work and in life – it is also a wonderfull way to create a special bond with . It should start when they are newborns and continues well beyond the years, even when they can read by themselves.

When parents read to babies, it contributes to the development of their growing brains and starts a good habit. For infants, reading can also help language development and thinking skills.

Of course there is difference reading aloud books to baby and young kids.

For babies

Parents may not get through the whole book and the baby needs to easily hold or manipulate the book, so small books are great options. When parents are reading for babies, they need to keep visual contact and shows the illustrations of the book.

Different voice’s tones are good strategies to make a babies pay more attention.

A important tip: don’t rush! Take a good time reading to babies, let them enjoy it! Read every word out loud and slowly..

The more stories parents read aloud, the more words their babies will be exposed to and the better them will be able to talk. Hearing words helps to build a rich network of words in a baby’s brain.

For young kids

Reading aloud is the best way to help children develop word mastery and grammatical understanding, which form the basis for learning how to read and write.

Parents need to choose a book depending of the kid’s age and they can read the whole book. Use this opportuniy to ham it up and create different character voices to engage the child (do not be shy!) It is important to make reading fun for kids.

Here goes some tips: point and name images on the pages, ask to yound kids some questions about the story and do not get discouraged if kids stop paying attention.

Remember: literature is one of the best way to help children understand something without necessarily having to experience it for themselves.

Reading aloud to kids helps them to use their imagination to explore different places, times, people and situations.

Reading is the key for lifelong, do you read for your kid? Tell us!


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