Speaking to children with clear and concise words is very beneficial to their language development. For example, children who are consistently read to may repeatedly hear figurative language expressions such as similes, metaphors, personifications and onomatopoeia. This exposure preps them for future use of these expressions in their writings. Reading aloud to children increases their vocabulary. In addition, interest in reading is piqued, imaginations are developed, and ideas are sparked. Specifically, reading aloud to children will help them learn. It is basically like feeding an information processing system, the more information fed into it, the more information is processed. According to Trealease, 2013, reading aloud enriches children in the following ways:
The single most important activity to build knowledge for eventual success
Condition’s a child’s brain to associate reading with pleasure
Provides children with background knowledge
Puts words in their heads, which is better than having toys in the house to make a difference in a children’s lives
Soon all those words will develop into poems, essays, short stories and more! Reading develops a partnership with writing. Hosting
a weekly Family Reading Night is an excellent way to enrich the family bond while advancing reading and writing skills.
“Only a generation of readers will spawn a generation of writers.” ― Steven Spielberg