Bedtime stories have long been known to foster parent-child bonds and prepare children for sleep. This nightly routine of bonding over a bedtime story allows parents and children to traverse imaginary worlds that beg to be explored. However, studies reveal that bedtime stories are much more than just quality time. In fact, they are powerful agents in boosting a child’s brain development.
How Bedtime Stories Help Develop a Love for Reading
Reading bedtime stories to children provide a meaningful jumpstart to a child’s reading habit. As reading is introduced into a child’s daily life, they’ll have an internal motivation to read as they get older. Children who read for fun are more likely to do better in math and English than those who rarely pick up a book. In this article, ChatEbooks assesses the need to encourage reading among children by example, and how reading bedtime stories can help children develop a love for reading.
Demonstrate it is Not Optional
You need to make bedtime stories a routine for your children. This is especially true today where the only time children open their books at home is when their teachers have given them homework. Be sure to systematically and consistently adhere to a reading pattern that children will practice even in your absence, in and out of school.
Provide Security as You Bond
Often times there is a big relational gap between teachers and their students. Parents should take advantage of reading an inspirational book with children at home to bridge the gap. It’s called killing two birds with one stone – reading and bonding! Your child will establish a reading culture with much ease by resting on your lap or sitting close to you. Consequently, instead of repelling reading, they will look forward to bedtime stories just to seize the opportunity to snuggle with you.
Academic Excellence, as they Read on their Own
Reading a bedtime story with your children also goes a long way in confidence building. There are a lot of statistics that indicate students groomed in reading on their own are often full of confidence, and excel very highly in their academic endeavors. Whenever they have some free time in school, you can bet they will be making use of a book.
Bedtime stories play a major role in developing emotional stability in children. These stories can be tools for helping children reflect on their own character, and their associations with other people. In return, they’ll likely think twice about their words and actions towards others, to avoid hurting themselves, their peers, or even family members.
Read Age-Appropriate Books
As you continue to interact with your child, you will begin to learn what books are appropriate for them (in terms of content and language), and be keen to pick those that spark his/her interest. As long as this happens, they will voluntarily avail themselves for the reading sessions. Here are some of the best bedtime stories you can read to your child:
- Goodnight Moon (Margaret Wise Brown)
- Where the Wild Things Are (Maurice Sendak)
- Curious George (Margaret and HA Rey)
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Eric Carle)
- Green Eggs and Ham (Dr. Seuss)
- Corduroy (Don Freeman)
- Polar Bear Night (Lauren Thompson)
- Bedtime for Mommy (Amy Rosenthall)
- Splat the Cat (Rob Scotton)
Reading bedtime stories to your child is the first step towards cultivating a habit and love for reading in them. If you make it an everyday routine, your child will look forward to it. In the end, it will increase his/her love for reading and will give him/her a completive edge at school and in life.