Read to children: why it is so important

Read to children: Come on, we open up the world

The earlier you read to your children, the better. Reading aloud promotes thinking and concentration, stimulates the imagination and welds families together.

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Why is reading so important?

The reading studies carried out annually by the Reading Foundation since 2007 show that parents who read to their children every day are investing sustainably in their children’s educational opportunities. Because: Reading aloud is the basis for good reading skills – one of the central key qualifications of our time and a prerequisite for everything that comes during and especially after school.

Reading is neglected in many families

However, the studies by the Reading Foundation also show that too few parents read aloud to their children, almost a third of mothers and fathers do not read aloud at home. In addition to the kindergartens and after-school care centers, it is above all the families that lay the foundation for a successful reading career. Because mothers and fathers are role models at all levels and are responsible for anchoring texts, books and other reading utensils in the daily lives of their offspring.

Call: Read more!

Librileo and Endwinterwunder called for blog parades on the occasion of reading day 2014, in which many bloggers took part.

Great posts u. a. of:

  • Twin Worlds (including presentation of your favorite books): ". reading aloud is far more than reading texts aloud. If it works, children and parents slip into the story, into the role. They absorb the sentences and create pictures in front of their eyes."
  • Favorite brats: "Reading together you can make yourself comfortable and share special moments without making a fuss. You fill up with a lot of strength and suddenly feel better."

What child skills are encouraged during reading aloud??

It’s great that there is a reading day and that the topic gets more publicity. Because reading to children is not only fun, it also promotes a variety of basic skills that are central to your child’s development:

Cognitive skills, emotional and social skills:

The vocabulary is increased, the ability to concentrate increased, the imagination expanded and creativity encouraged. In addition, your child learns through the stories to empathize with others (empathy). The results of the Stiftung Reading study also show that reading aloud not only strengthens cognitive skills, but also promotes social and emotional skills.

Read & Learn to write

Scientists see a close connection between reading aloud and reading pleasure, reading behavior and ultimately also school success. Children who have been read aloud usually find it easier to learn to read and write.

So if you regularly insert a book lesson and not just listen to the radio play and audio book "rests", gives his children a valuable building block for the future.

Address and process family issues

At the same time, stories and pictures help to deal with various topics at an early stage. They give children space for all their questions. In the 2014 reading study, for example, two thirds of the parents surveyed stated that “reading aloud triggered further discussions beyond the stories”. Mainly, these are everyday topics that concern the child, but also drastic events such as family growth, separation or schooling are discussed after reading out.

When should you read to children??

The classic reading age is between 2 and 8 years. But with simple picture books you can get your children excited about these media beforehand. The earlier reading is part of children’s everyday life, the better. How long or short it is read depends on the individual: Some children can process very large amounts of text very early on, others need more time and a lot of pictures.

Read aloud to children – tips for parents

What should you pay attention to when reading aloud??

Anyone who can read can read to children. With these easy-to-implement tips, the reading times for your child become a wonderful and cozy ritual.

  1. The right atmosphere: Take your time and keep calm as you read to your children. Snuggle up on the couch or on the bed with pillows and create a relaxed reading atmosphere.
  2. Respond to the child’s wishes: As soon as they are able to do this, your child should choose the book itself or at least have a say in what is read. Many children always want to read the same book, so give in to the request, even if – admittedly – it can get a bit boring for you.
  3. Read aloud: Play with your voice and give the characters different voices. This is not only fun, it inspires young readers and makes the story more lively.
  4. Fixed reading times: Children love rituals. Introduce fixed reading times. It is best after noon or in the evening when the children need rest.
  5. Read interactively: Respond to your children’s questions and comments and interrupt the story if necessary.
  6. A little scary is okay: Most fairy tales are terrifyingly cruel, but children can usually make a good distinction between the fantasy world in the books and the real world. Nevertheless, you should keep an eye on your child. If it is an anxious guy who gets nightmares at night, you should better avoid “Bambi” or “Hansel and Gretel” first.
  7. Introducing digital media: Even if books are of course still the most popular medium for reading aloud, digital media also have their appeal, especially for parents who are enthusiastic about technology but are not bookworms.

Awaken and encourage curiosity

The older children get, the more they want to be able to read themselves. From the age of 4, many kindergarten children start to be interested in the written language. They recognize individual letters and become aware of the importance of reading for everyday life.

You should take advantage of this curiosity: Instead of systematically starting to learn to read, try to satisfy your children’s thirst for knowledge in a playful way.

Discover living stories in the scoyo learning world:

Use reading aloud to learn to read and write:

  1. Specify words for your children that they would like to write themselves (their own name, mom, dad, etc.).
  2. Make your children aware of familiar letters in the environment: "Look, an A, like your name, Anton!"
  3. “Play” with language: At this age, children have a lot of fun singing and playing language games.
  4. When using the alphabet in a playful way, however, it is essential that you give your child the individual letters as sounds (H instead of Ha).

The most popular reading books

On lovelybooks.de we have found a great list of the most popular children’s books:

The top 5 reading books (2019):

by Chris Colfer

When Alex and her twin brother Conner receive an old book for their birthday, they have no idea that the fat browse is a portal to a magical realm. You find yourself in a world where there are not only good fairies and enchanted princes, but also an evil wolf pack and an even more evil queen. Unfortunately, the thing with good and evil is not that simple. Because in all the years after the happy ending, the fairy tale creatures have developed some quirks, which puts the twins in so many tricky situations.

By Kirsten Boie

After the big fire, Mama Reh finds a little gray puschel on the edge of the forest: Blau-Auge, a young fox who has lost his family. Blue-eye is allowed to stay with mom deer and her children – and he really tries hard to be a good deer! But when the stupid little mouse disappears first and the fawn multipoint shortly afterwards, all forest animals believe that the blue eye is behind it. A fox always remains a fox! But Blue Eye shows the animals that he is a real friend that you can rely on.

By Anja Fröhlich

A natural swimming pool on the Kornblumenhof! All children are for it. This is how Maine’s little sister Lolli can learn to swim, and by the way you can pair Aunt Karoline with the nice swimming instructor Mr. Kolibri. Too bad that stupid Abraxas intervenes. With his strange diamond pendant he hypnotizes not only the chickens but also Maize’s brother Henry. May must end this spook as soon as possible!

by Heike Eva Schmidt

Ever since Elli learned that she has the talent to become a magical ice cream maker, her whole life has been turned upside down. She would prefer to go to apprenticeship with her grandfather Leonardo today rather than tomorrow. But he still requires a little patience from her. Until the secret class begins, Elli and her chickens practice some artist numbers for the school party. But then duck, picksel and lady gacker are suddenly swallowed up by the earth.

By Michael Ende

Knirps is convinced that he is a real robber knight. That’s why he absolutely wants to go to apprenticeship with the infamous Rodrigo Raubein! But first of all demands a test of courage. When Knirps meets the carriage of Prinz Flip, he sees his chance. Can there be anything more dangerous than a princess robbery? He has no idea yet that the mighty magician Rabanus Rochus and his dragon are also targeting them.

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