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Is it too late to start reading out loud to my child?

Reading to your child is one of the best things you can do to aid in their early development. If you have not read to your child and think it’s too late to start, it’s not.

Even if your child has started school, reading out loud to them gives them the opportunity to learn new words, ideas, and concepts. It fosters their imagination and fills their heads with wonderful stories.

When a child can read on his own, he can still benefit from you reading to him. Children do not fully comprehend what they are reading until they are much older, but they do comprehend fully what they hear. So, when you read to your older child, he retains more of the information. It also provides a parent the opportunity to discuss things in the story and words that the child does not understand. And every discussion you have with your child is an opportunity to impart knowledge.

Besides the learning benefits or reading out loud to your child, there are psychological and emotional benefits as well. Your child will have fond memories of your reading to him and it sends a message that he is special and worthy of your time.

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