Snuggling beside your child or infant to read a book creates a safe cocoon that enhances the parental/child bond. Infants crave the very sound of their parents voices from the first moment they enter the world. A mother’s voice has the power to sooth a fussy baby and bring about a feeling of peace in the infant. Taking the time to read a simple book to an infant is an ideal way to calm the baby prior to bedtime. An infant will instantly quiet down to catch the sound of it’s mothers voice.
As children grow they begin to associate reading with the feeling’s of peace and calm that were fostered in infancy. Most children adore bedtime if a storybook is involved and it means mom or dad will be sitting there taking the time to partake in the story.
The calm that a book brings has a powerful effect on most children. If a child is sick or nervous about a doctors appointment bring along a book to read to the child while the two of you wait. A book can transport a child away from his fears or his feelings of sickness for a little while.
As a child grows it begins to learn to read and no longer needs the parent to read the desired story but the feelings of those early years still exist when a child holds a book. He will still experience that feeling of peace and calm as he holds a book and instantly changed into the infant who anxiously awaited his mother’s voice.
Reading to a child should never be a chore. It should be something that is undertaken with love and enthusiasm by any parent. The years fly by and soon the child will no longer need its parent to read to him. Most parents experience a period of melancholy or dismay when that day arrives but consider asking your child to reach aloud to you. Try a roll reversal. Encourage your child to read a book to you while you cook or clean. Most children learn to adore reading to their parents and it becomes a good way to hone the child’s reading ability.
Reading aloud to a child helps to build its literacy skills. As the words are read the child will learn their meaning and begin to associate what the written word looks like. This can provide a valuable stepping stone for the child’s future learning and schooling.
Remember that reading a book does not simply involve a parent reciting the words written on the page. A parent should encourage their child to ask questions about the book. Do not be afraid to improvise the store. Discuss the images and the photos. Make sure your child has a complete grasp of the story and understands the storyline. Many children will ask numerous questions but do not hesitate to take the time to answer each and everyone one. A child asking questions is a sign that the child is paying attention and actually enjoying the process of reading the book together.