Read Early, Read Often: The Benefits Of Reading Early To Your Child. (And How You Can Raise A Reader.)

Wouldn’t it be a great thing to begin life with a small number of really good books which you can call your very own? At Summer Stories we believe that it is never too early to help your child find magic wherever they look. All you need to do is sit back, relax, and read them a book. 

Reading to your child at a young age will enhance their brain development, your bond with them, and so much more. And all it takes is a few books, motivation, and some time to do that.

Newborn High Contrast Flash Cards
Newborn High Contrast Flash Cards with Stories

At just a few months of age, your baby can look at pictures, listen to your voice, and start pointing out objects on cardboard pages.
You can guide your child by pointing to the pictures and saying the names of the various objects aloud. You can do so by drawing attention to pictures and associating the words with pictures and real-world objects. Through this, your child will learn the importance of language.

Children learn to love the sound of language even before they notice printed words on a page. Reading flashcards and books aloud helps children develop listening and language skills and prepares them to understand the written word. It is only a matter of time when the melody and rhythm of language become a part of your child's life, learning to read will be as natural as learning how to talk and walk.

When you begin reading to your child, it essentially provides them with background knowledge on their young world, which helps them understand and make sense of what they read, see, and hear. Reading to children is proven to improve their cognitive skills and help along the process of cognitive development. Cognitive development is the ability to think and understand. It’s all about remembering, problem-solving, and decision-making, from childhood to adulthood. The more parents read aloud to their children, the bigger their vocabulary bank will grow and the more they will know and understand about the world and their place in it.

As your newborn grows older, reading opens him or her to creative, new ideas. It helps your child become more familiar with the sounds, rhythms of the language and develop early literacy skills like Phonemic awareness, Phonics, Vocabulary, Reading comprehension, and Fluency. A recent study has also found that reading at home with children from an early age was strongly correlated with brain activation in areas connected with visual imagery and understanding the meaning of language.

Farm Animals Flash Cards with a Bonus Story & Coloring Sheet

They say everything changes when you read, the more you read to your child, the more enlightened he or she will become. Gaining knowledge will empower your child’s mind and also broaden its range.

Reading to them will aid in broadening their imagination by stimulating the right side of their brain. It opens up their mind to new possibilities and out of the box, ideas helping them analyze and experience the world through others' lives. Reading a book depends on children using their imaginative side for picturing characters, visualizing their settings and environment, and guessing what is about to happen next. While you and your child are engaged in a story, your child is also imagining how a character is feeling. Young children then bring this knowledge into their daily life.

Try your very best to read to your child on a regular basis and make sure you keep it consistent. Include this into your, and your child’s, everyday routine until it becomes as much of a habit as them having a bath.

However, try not to be discouraged if you miss a day – just pick your routine back up when you have time. Your goal is to motivate children to want to read so they will practice reading independently and eventually become fluent readers. This will happen when children begin to enjoy reading.

Reading is more than just a practical tool. Through books children can enrich their minds, simply relax and enjoy some precious leisure moments with their loved ones. With a little assistance from your end, your child can begin a lifelong relationship with books, so they grow into adults who read with ease and frequently, be it for knowledge or pleasure.

It's no secret that activities at home are an important supplement once your child enters the classroom, but there's more to it than that. You will notice in no time that time spent with your child while reading is simply priceless. It’s the ideal way to time with your child and it is a special ritual that you both could share.

And you know what could make it a tad bit more special? A box of newborn Flash Cards that comes along with a story. Summer Stories conceptualizes and designs educational activities that blend learning and play together.