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Benefits of Reading to Your Kids

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There’s nothing more comforting than a warm home, a fluffy blanket and a good book. Sharing a story with your kids can have a multitude of benefits. Not only is it a perfect time for bonding with your kids, reading can actually improve your health!

Research shows that reading can:

  • Improve brain connectivity
  • Stimulate imagination
  • Help develop language and listening skills
  • Prepare for academic success
  • Cultivate a lifelong. Love of reading
  • Reduce stress
  • Lower blood pressure and heart rate
  • Help fight depression
  • And can even help prevent cognitive decline as you age

Start when your kids are young. Even at just a few months of age, your kids can look at pictures, listen to your voice and point to objects in the book. Pointing to objects and identifying them will help your babies learn your language. Even as your kids start to read on their own, reading with your kids can stretch their understanding and motivate them to improve their skills.

Talking about stories after you read them also helps with recall. Storytime can act as a springboard for conversations, enhancing their communication skills. And, getting your kids excited about storytime will motivate them to want to read.

We’ve all heard that knowledge is power. Books are full of it! Reading is more than just a practical tool. It enriches our minds and allows us to enjoy some very special leisurely moments. These nurturing moments set a positive life course.

Grab a book from your bookshelf or even your tablet. Reading is one of the best ways to help your kids to understand something without necessarily having to experience it for themselves. It can expose them to a variety of subjects and concepts.

Sites such as Read Across America (https://www.nea.org/professional-excellence/student-engagement/read-across-america) can help with ideas. Or, a fun trip to a local bookstore (with proper safety protocols in place, of course) to choose a special book can be a great afternoon activity. Swap books with friends or relatives, and explore the world from the comfort of your own home.

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