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Mother and Daughter Reading Together

1. Reading sparks imagination. Adults who know the joy of getting lost in a good book understand the incredible power of story-telling through the written word.

2. Reading demands attention. Listening and being able to pay attention are prerequisite skills for preschool and kindergarten.

3. Reading forces literacy. The more young children are exposed to language, the quicker they will begin to associate sounds to words and words to sentences and ideas
4. Reading reinforces book-mechanics. Children watch how grown-ups hold books, read from left to right, and turn pages from the front of a book to the back.

5. Reading helps children sleep. Actually, solid bedtime routines help children sleep. Including at least 15 minutes of reading to children before bed will establish a series of events that a child can begin to associate with their evening activities.

6. Reading helps speaking. Listening to adults read provides an example for children to understand what proper speech sounds like.

7. Reading increases vocabulary. Hearing words read and used in context helps increase vocabulary at any age.

8. Reading provokes critical thought. A well-selected story will challenge and expand a child’s mind, allowing them to experience life stories and events from the past, present, and future far removed from their day-to-day lives.

9. Reading begets reading. Showing children that literacy is important makes it important to them as they grow and mature.

10. Teachers will thank you. Aside from the personal, developmental and early learning benefits, children who have been read to regularly enjoy increased vocabulary, better writing skills, and more ability to focus during class.

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