January 12

5 Reasons to Read a Bedtime Story to Your Kids

Read a bedtime story to your child
Mom and daughter read a bedtime story that is funny

By the time you’ve tucked your kids away in bed you’re usually ready for a well-earned rest! But before you plant that final kiss there’s one more thing you need to do: read a bedtime story. It is well documented that both literacy and numeracy skills increase in children who are read to three to five times a week. Reading a bedtime story is a little like putting money into the bank and watching it grow. Here are five reasons you should be reading a story to your little one before turning out the light.

1 – Build A Stronger Relationship

Reading a chapter before bed is awesome one-on-one time. There’s no E-mail, housework or television to create a distraction: just the two of you escaping on some fantastical adventure together. The older your child grows, the harder it is to find distraction-free intimacy. If you read a bedtime story it’s a wonderful way to strengthen your bond and give the two of you something to be excited about together.

2 – Increase Vocabulary

Exposing your child to language is proven to help expand their vocabulary. Your child will be introduced to new words and different ways to use the ones they already know. An increased vocabulary can improve confidence. Being bold with language has a positive social effect in children. Your child will feel smart and confident when speaking both at home and in the classroom, eliminating potential frustration.

3 – Introduce Morals

Children’s books love a good moral! Rabbits get bullied by pink elephants, a cheeky duckling learns the value of honesty, and the list goes endlessly on. Each night you’re reading together, you’re teaching your child the value of right and wrong. You’re teaching about the importance of kindness and why they should think about others. The best part is that these lessons are demonstrated in practical ways your child can understand, not as stern lectures from an adult.

4 – Fertilize Their Imagination

Escaping to new and fantastical worlds within the pages of their favorite book will help your child learn to use their imagination. Watch as the pages from a book come to life outside in the backyard, or in a carefully drawn crayon picture. Your child will learn to concentrate and listen closely to the descriptions you’re reading in order to re-create the images in their mind. This is a fundamental skill in being creative, one which you will appreciate each time you receive a homemade birthday card!

5 – It’s FUN!

You might have forgotten just how much fun it was to read about Fantastic Mr. Fox outwitting Farmer Boggis, Farmer Bunce, and Farmer Bean! If you read a bedtime story to your child each night it will reintroduce you to all those wonderful classics you enjoyed so much as a child. As an adult, your life is filled with important “adultish” thoughts, but going on an adventure with your child every night can be just as fun for you as it is for them. Fun-time is always important for your child, but it’s important for you as well. What better way to treat yourself than by becoming reacquainted with a few of your own childhood literary friends!

One of the most important jobs of a parent is to provide their children with the tools necessary to grow into a wonderful human being. Reading offers valuable educational, social and emotional learning tools that research has shown will provide your child a strong foundation to grow. Five minutes of reading a night can make a pretty big difference, for your child, and for you.

This article reprinted from https://childdevelopment.com. For similar articles visit: https://childdevelopmentinfo.com

Global Montessori has been offering childcare, after school care, and the Montessori method of schooling since 1988. We accept infants, toddlers, kindergarten and elementary school students living in and around the Langley area and beyond. For more information, visit https://globalmontessorischool.com




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