It’s understandable that in between work, getting the family organised or other commitments, time spent just with your student can be few and far between. It can be hard to prioritise time amongst all the other requirements, but if you find the time, seize it. The ultimate gift and use of your time can be sitting with your child to read with them. If you’re wondering we’re so passionate about the benefits of reading with and to your children, here’s why…
By way of reading, students in return improve their memory and remembering skills. In combination, their problem-solving skills are also enhanced. In reading stories and tales of certain characters, students can identify themes and examples of problem-solving themselves.
Whether it’s a series or just a one-time novel, the feeling students gain from following the protagonist’s story will always be beneficial. Their mental health, like spending time with them, is of the utmost importance. So, when their reading and connecting to the story and its characters, it can trigger hormones. Along with the happy hormones that are generated, comes another good feeling of comfort and relaxation. And who doesn’t want to be both relaxed and comfortable?
Reading a picture book, novel or even a memoir can teach students things. No matter their age or reading level, there’s always something that can be taken out of reading and getting to the end of the story. Students learn the value of empathy and by-product, how to feel empathy for others in the book and then translate this to their own world of people.
With you by their side, either reading to them or listening to them read to you, there’s a sense of togetherness. It’s a way to bond and keep in tune with your child and their learning at the same time. Students also get the satisfaction of a comfortable environment to read in, with someone who is going to encourage and support their learning and their reading.
Some other tips we suggest when it comes to reading is to let your student choose the book. Students will be much more inclined to continue with the story and be engaged when it’s something they are directly interested in. To further that engagement, encourage voices or different ways to personalise and characterise the characters in the book. Using expressive voices or motions will excite the students and introduce a sense of immersion within the story.
Reading doesn’t have to be a chore or something students put off. Perhaps adding in reading to the nightly routine before bed can be a calming way to wind down, whilst still including a sense of learning within the activity. Students’ confidence, remembering skills and mental health will be positively improved.