Reading bedtime stories is a most wonderful way to spend time with your child, to prepare for a quiet time of day and of course to begin your child’s love of books and reading. This activity is one of the most important routines you can do with your child, and has a significant impact on your their success in reading and their creative mind.
Bedtime reading is recognised as an important part of the daily routine for kids. With every day being so full of busy jobs to do, places to go to and people to meet, reading with your child at night can often be the one time that it’s just you and them. This is something mum or dad can do with a child that creates a ‘special time’ with your child and also creates a world of intrigue while you discuss the story and characters.
There are lots of different age appropriate books out there and reading as many different styles to your toddler or preschooler will help them develop their language skills as they hear different words and sounds, and see new images and colours. Experiencing a range of different books and stories, read by mum or dad, will help a child to learn to listen, to communicate and to interact – each of which will have a great impact on their understanding and learning when school days start.
When you read a story to your child, talking about the story and the characters will help your child understand the messages and morals that exist in these stories. This discussion is an important part of the reading process and you should encourage your child to take part.
Reading with your toddler is about more than just a book at bedtime. Research shows that this activity will:
help to create and build on the special bond you have with your child
become a welcomed part of your daily routine that is so important for children
create a platform for the development of listening and communication skills
educate your child with new sounds and images, which will impact their creative development and will build their vocabulary
help your child understand and learn about morals and values
teach your toddler at an early stage about the process of reading