A Harvard study shows children reap more benefits if they are read to by their fathers rather than their mothers. Arlene Harris gets chapter and verse from different sides of the debate
- Research has shown that reading to young children helps to improve literacy and communication skills.
- It also helps to enhance imagination and concentration.
- Reading with your child teaches them that it is a fun experience.
- Parents should aim to spend at least 10 happy minutes every day reading aloud together.
- Read at least three stories a day to your toddler and one story a day to children aged under seven. Older children will enjoy novels or short story collections. Be animated while you read to your child, read with excitement.
- Engage your child; talk together about the pictures or the characters in the books.
- For young children, pick short books with lots of rhyme, rhythm, and repetition.
- Play games together about things that you and your child can see in the book, such as finding the letters that spell your child’s name.
- Never turn reading into a chore or get annoyed with your child about reading or their request for more stories.
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