Many parents might think that it’s a mundane activity, but apparently reading to your child the same book over and over again might make them smarter. In fact, there’s a new study that says reading the same book on repeat might help prepare for child for academic success and better test taking skills later on in life.
According to Motherly, reading the same book over and over again might seem like a daunting task for many fathers and mothers at first, but there are plenty of benefits behind it. Not only are parents helping their child comprehend a book better by repeating it, but they are also helping them prepare for academic success in the future by making them smarter.
Of course, there are many different ways that reading to your child can help benefit them now and later in life, too. Not only does it help improve your child’s vocabulary and language skills, but it helps improve concentration, it builds listening skills and imagination, and helps children to develop empathy. Reading can also be very interactive. Parents are encouraged to ask their children about the plot or story line of a book after reading it out loud together.
In addition, parents should point out new vocabulary words that are not frequently used at home or ask children to point out the details in the illustrations. Pausing at different moments to admire the illustration in the book will also help your child appreciate the art work, especially if they might feel exasperated by the monotony of a book.
And while there is no right or wrong answer as to how long parents should read out loud to their kids, many experts note that children should be able to learn how to read on their own by the age of 6 or 7. Some children though learn how to read as early as 4 or 5 years of age. Other students are most likely to catch up during the second or third grade, although every child’s reading skills will vary.
With that being said, parent are encouraged to read to their child daily for at least 15 to 20 minutes. This should be in addition to the reading that your child will do at school. Also, educators note that the amount of reading a child does is more important than the amount of time he or she spends doing it.