Today parents spend less and less time reading out loud to their children as there are so many other ways of keeping them entertained. But reading out loud is one of the most rewarding and beneficial activities that we can share with our children.
Research shows that reading to your preschooler for at least 30 minutes a day can be the most decisive influence on his/her academic performance throughout school. Yet even more importantly, as Meghan Cox Gurdon explains in an article in the Wall Street Journal, reading out loud is also "an irreplaceable gift" to both children and their parents - a way of sharing a warm bond, a zest for language and a rich cultural heritage.
Gurdon writes: "To curl up with children and a good book has long been one of the great civilizing practices of domestic life, an almost magical means of cultivating warm fellow feeling, shared in-jokes and a common cultural understanding."
So pick up a good children's book and cuddle up with your little ones. As you enjoy its adventures together, you are giving your children life-long benefits.
Source: "The Great Gift of Reading Aloud" by Meghan Cox Gurdon, Wall Street Journal (July 10, 2015), www.wsj.com