So it’s a new year, and time for those new year’s resolutions! ?In my house, I had begun to notice that our bedtime reading ritual had changed. ?Before, I had been reading a chapter a night to my kids. ?We had read The Wind and the Willows, the BFG, Ramona the Pest and other classics. ?I’ve always believed in the importance of a bedtime routine to?help the children settle into a good night’s sleep, and reading to them was a fun way for me to rediscover the favorites of my own childhood while introducing the kids to characters that they fell in love with too.
But over the holidays, with more social and family obligations, we had fallen into the habit of letting the kids read to themselves at bedtime. ?Of course this autonomous reading has its own merits — not to mention being a homework requirement. ?I found, though, as the new year began and our evenings quieted down, that I missed the ritual of reading aloud to them. ?To have everyone engaged in the same story, giggling or gasping at the same hijinks or heroics, creates a real bond — and is just plain fun!
I also noticed that at times my 7 year old would read to my 5 year old. ?It was wonderful to hear her narrative voice, and reminded me how important it is to encourage our children to read aloud to us as well. ?Especially for kids like my older son, who are more self-conscious about speaking out in the classroom or elsewhere, reading aloud in a comfortable family setting is a good confidence builder. ?Inspired by their example, I dusted off my old copy of Pippi Longstocking, the kids each selected their favorite title on Bookboard, and we rekindled our love of reading together. ?So take a journey with your own kids, whether to Villa Villekulla, Hogwarts or the Land of Oz, and get inspired by our top five reasons to read aloud with them!
Top 5 Reasons to Read Aloud with Your Kids
- Bond as a Family –?Quality time spent together with a shared story increases their closeness to you and to one another
- Create Strong Readers –?Being read to and reading aloud will help expand your children’s vocabulary, fluency and comprehension, helping them to become better readers
- Boost their Confidence –?Whether your child is a struggling reader or a shy public speaker, honing his or her reading and speaking skills at home in a safe environment will build confidence
- Support a Love of Reading –?Showing your children that you value reading by taking the time to do it together and introducing stories that will fire their imaginations encourages their own love of reading
- Make School a Success –?Reading is a fundamental building block of academic achievement, and research clearly demonstrates that children who are read to at home excel in school