Reading aloud is a great way for you to share story time with your child. It is also highly beneficial for your child to take part in reading aloud as well. Reading aloud is considered to be vital in language development and success in school.

Development of Early Language Skills

Reading aloud to your child and encouraging them to take part in the practice when they are ready provides the following early language benefits:

  • Stimulates cognitive skills as well as builds language skills—this is in part because reading aloud builds word-sound awareness skills.

  • Improves memory, increase curiosity, and increases motivation.

  • Creates a positive relationship with reading and books—the foundation for success in school.

  • Research shows that reading aloud can be therapeutic for children following a tragedy or during times of stress.

  • Infants whose parents talk (or read) aloud to them have shown to have had higher vocabularies by the age of 3 than children who were not read to or exposed to talking out loud.

Foundations For School Success

“What happens during the first months and years of life matters, a lot, not because this period of development provides an indelible blueprint for adult well-being, but because it sets either a sturdy or fragile stage for what follows.” J.S. Shonkoff & D. Phillips, Eds., From Neurons to Neighborhoods: The Science of Early Childhood Development (2000), Washington D.C.; National Research Council & The Institute of Medicine, National Academy Press.

Starting to read to your children at a young age encourages a love for reading in general—one that follows into adulthood and can set the pace for academic success.

Difficulty of reading often leads to grade disparities and ultimately, school failure. In turn, failure in school can lead to further issues—skipping school or dropping out, increased risk for juvenile delinquency and substance abuse. While this sounds like a scare tactic, reading to and aloud to a child at an early age exposes them to a larger vocabulary than one they may be routinely exposed to, improves their overall communication skills, and builds their language and understanding skills.

Reading aloud also teaches your child to listen—a key skill needed during school and in life. Being read to also stimulates the creative side of the brain as well as other cognitive skills such as memory and comprehension.