Reading is a beautiful experience at any age, allowing us to be transported into an entirely different world. We can learn about the lives of characters and even become them ourselves. It will enable us to learn more about the world around us, and become more culturally aware, as well. Below are some ways that reading can have a positive effect on a child’s development.

Developing empathy

When we read, we put ourselves into the story, feeling the feelings and emotions of the character in front of us. Doing this as a child helps develop empathy as they read the book because as the book goes on, they can pick out little things the characters do or say that they can really relate to in their lives. This helps them conceptualize and empathize with the world around them and gain a deeper understanding of their own emotions. 

Improved literacy skills

Building a basis of understanding with your child that reading is important, or reading to them even when they can’t fully comprehend what you’re saying, gives them the basis of reading skills. Something happens when you read left to right, and turning the page is absolutely necessary for continuing on. It can also help the part of your brain that processes language.

Bonding time between the parent and child

Reading with your child is a perfect way for you and your child to connect after a long day. Children love to sit back, relax, and be taken off into a different world while their parents read to them. But also, reading to them can also inspire new conversations about some tougher topics, again giving them an understanding of the world around them. Reading with your child is an incredible way to bond with your child and give them a positive association with reading.

Develop Creativity

Reading is an essential part of developing a child’s imagination. Through the details in a book, a child can create an entirely new fantasy world mixed with the things they already know so they can see almost a movie in their head. This part of their imagination can help them write if they so choose or allow them to view the world differently.

Reduced screen time

Any kid loves playing video games or going on TikTok, but something that will help them is the ability to stimulate their brain by putting away the phone, tablet, or computer and reading. This also helps beat an addiction to their screens and gives them the opportunity to learn and develop creativity, inspiring them to go out and view the world around them. 

Reading is an essential part of a child’s development, and these are just a few of the benefits that come out of that. 

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