Reading is fundamental in many different aspects of life, and due to the truth that reading is a learned skill begs the question of why are not kids learning how to do so sooner in life. Learning how to read is the basis of the acquisition of knowledge, and not just knowledge in the form of book smarts but spiritual knowledge and societies expectations of an individual as well. If a person could apply the concept of knowledge to every situation that is encountered in life, many of the negative aspects of life would cease to exist .Think about this, if a person was absolutely certain that a negative consequence would follow a decision, they would rarely make the wrong choice in that decision. According to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), children who are able to read have higher self-esteem, more confidence, and are better at changing learning how to read into reading to learn. However, an estimated 10 million children have issues with reading and at least 10 to 15 percent eventually drop out of high school. If this was not troubling, enough consider the fact that at least half of young adults with criminal records and substance abuse issues have trouble with reading. Because of the importance attached to reading in our present societies, it is imperative that we explore the reasons as to why it is important to read to children before kindergarten.
Reading to children before they attend Kindergarten has turned out to be the best thing that parents can do to their children. This is so because infants get happier through cuddling and hearing calming voices from their parents even if they do not comprehend what the voices imply. This is so because most of the time, children relate the sounds that they hear with love. As children grow before achieving the age of attending Kindergarten, it is essential for parents to introduce to them books with pictures as well as nursery rhymes (McGee & Lesley 49). Through this, children will start to discover many things regarding reading. These include realizing that people read books from front to back and that pictures found in varying books signify real objects. It will also enable children to realize that prints that are on the pages are the words and people read from up to down as well as left to right. Therefore, this implies that reading to children acts as a formal preparation for formal instructions that children will encounter in schools (McGee & Lesley 50).
Furthermore, it is essential for parents to consider reading for their children before attaining Kindergarten because it helps them in enhancing language skills, which is imperative in surviving within the world of schools, universities as well as adult life. This is so because the ability of an individual to be able to understand different subjects and obtain information from varying fields relies on their ability to read. Interestingly, the more time children read, the better they enhance their reading skills thus being able to understand and appreciate the world around them and the relationship existing between dissimilar things. Therefore, parents should consider reading interesting books to their children at their early age because they enjoy them more. It further enables children to develop their personal interests thus being able to translate the written words into spoken sentences (McGee & Lesley 50).
Additionally, parents should read to their children before they join kindergarten because it improves their social skills. This is more effective when parents read loudly to their children and ask children to read along with them. This is essential as it enables children to share minutes of relaxation with their parents as well as discussing the concepts that the book contain with their children. Parents should value reading to their children because it develops their language and social skills. Furthermore, it enables parents to spend more time with their children, which is a way of encouraging positive relationship between parents and children. Notably, reading to young children before they join kindergarten helps them in establishing successful foundation they need in life (Snow & Burns 138).
Remarkably, it is essential to read to children before they join kindergarten because it enhances their future academic success. This is so because according to the research conducted by Julie Temple a publisher in the children’s books, reading supports children in attaining good grades at school. Reading enables children to put varying concepts together as it requires them to understand given sentences in order for them to comprehend the idea. This is mainly effective in the subjects that require connecting different information such as mathematics and science. This does not imply that reading only benefits the two subjects because it is essential for all school subjects (Burns & Suzanne 65).
Additionally, parents who read to their children before they join kindergarten are at an advantage because they enhance children’s speech. This is so because through listening to parents as they read and pronounce each word in the book, children gets a high probability of enhancing their speech. When parents read a book to their children and making sure that they sound out the word with them, they will be reinforcing the needs to articulate. Consequently, this is an extremely imperative skill in school because it enhances confidence among children while answering questions. In further enables both the teacher and the student to understand what each one of them is saying. In addition, it is essential for parents to read to their children before they attend kindergarten because children associate that with love. When parents read to their children, it is as if they are cuddling or soothing them. However, it is difficult for most children at that age to associate what their parents read to them, but they always associate that with love, affection and warmth from their parents. As a result, this helps most of the children when they grow up positively towards reading, thus viewing it as a source of comfort ability when they feel sad (Snow & Burns 139).
Reading to children before they attend kindergarten acts as a brain activity. According to research conducted by a certain children department in U.S, children attain much intelligence through readings that occur prior to their first day of attending schools. This occurs because as parents read for them, their brains develop a pathway, which supports them in making sense of what they are hearing. This is vital at a tender age because when children are younger, they absorb information more easily implying that it enables them to develop their vocabulary quickly. It is also beneficial because it increases the attention span of children. Furthermore, it is imperative in the development of brain because it literally links the brain cells, which facilitates independent reading in the future. The conducted brain research indicates that linked brain cells supports children in detecting the ways in which words sound differently. Additionally, it helps children in recognizing different letters and offering them with strategies to point out new words. It also helps children to understand the real meaning of words as well as enhancing their oral and listening of vocabularies (Burns & Suzanne 66).
Notably, reading to children before they attend kindergarten in imperative because it encourages the in bonding with books. This happens because when parents read to their children on a daily basis, enables their children to have a strong mind and relationships. This is so because the reading occurs when children snuggles in the lap of their parents as they enjoy their parents attention and laughter. Consequently, this enables children to have a good perception towards reading hence loving reading. Loud reading enables children to be telling stories regarding themselves, imaginations and pictures from the reading books. Interestingly, research indicates that reading to children is wonderful and it enhances their attention span in order for them to be able to focus to whatever is happening. It further increases curiosity among children, which is an extremely significant trait in children because they can never acquire it. This is also relevant because it expands their world knowledge as well as the desire for them to have interest in reading. Finally, it makes children to demonstrate the concept of book orientation early by looking through favorites books. For example, children with parents who read for them books before joining kindergarten will show some differences from those whose parents did not. For example, they will hold books correctly, turn the pages as required, that is from front to the back. This also offers children with a sense, purpose and mechanics of reading enterprises (Snow & Burns 141).
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