“Mumma, I want to hear about Little Red Riding Hood today, or may be Goldilocks and the Three Bears”… and the list can go on with never ending names. When she was a baby I introduced picture books to her and she showed keen interest in them. When she was around 15 months she pointed towards the picture of an octopus and asked me what it was; and since that day she calls it octopo (of course now she has corrected her pronunciation). Also, I used to read out to her and when she became a little older I saw her imitating me. She would turn the pages and try to read out to her toys and point out all the cartoons made on the page… and yes she did start talking early.
Reading books to children between ages 2-5 is very crucial and proves to be beneficial in the long run. Here are few benefits which you can reap while reading to your little one:
- Your toddler is full of energy and is constantly on the move exploring new things. Just by reading a good story and cuddling together creates a strong bonding between the two of you.
- Reading out loud to toddlers ensures a high level of aptitude and studies show that children who have been exposed to reading perform well in formal schools.
- Children develop better communication skills when you spend time with them while reading. It gives them confidence to express themselves and communicate better.
- Early reading enhances the speech and language development in toddlers.
- Toddlers are not aware that text is read from left to right or one page at a time. By reading to them over and over again they acquire the skill of turning one page at a time.
- When you read to your toddler, they start relating the characters of the story with the real life situation. This helps them to grasp concepts and apply logic. After I read out Goldilocks and the Three Bears to my girl, she always finishes her porridge quickly before Goldilocks can come and eat it.
- If your little one is stressed out or has had a bad day then sharing or reading a story in the same scene is a great way to ease her.
- Toddlers have a short memory span and get distracted very soon. They might not even hear the whole story to begin with; but with time they manage to sit all through the story. This helps them create self discipline along with a longer retention span.
- Also, reading books early to your toddlers comes with a bonus. It helps them to indulge themselves in books rather than just seeing it as a chore.
Each book that you possess on the bookshelf is bound to bring a sense of life with everlasting memories and happy thoughts. Books are the best thing and give you great company when you are down in the dumps, or happy, in the rainy season or winters. They inspire us to think, love, cuddle and snuggle longer.