*Reasons For Reading Aloud*

    There are many reasons why parents want to read to their children.  If you are an avid reader you will want to share your enjoyment of books with your child.  Even if you don't read very much yourself, you know that a child must be able to read well to do well throughout school. But there are many other reasons for reading aloud to little ones.

    1. You give your child attention.
Every child needs to know that she is important to her parents. By sharing a formal activity, you can make that importance very obvious.

    2. Parent and child get cozy.
When you read aloud, you will probably sit close to your child with your arm around him or even with him on your knee. The physical touching heals hurts, real or imagined, and soothes both of you.

    3. Your voice radiates love
Listen to others reading to children. The most strident voices modulate, the toughest teachers become motherly, and brash teenagers sound gentle and caring. Think then of what you must convey to your child when you read to her.

    4. You use formal English.
In everyday speech we tend to use phrases rather than complete sentences.  But English is written in whole sentences.  When you read them aloud, you help your child to develop an ear for written language.

    5. Your child learns to listen.
It's one thing to engage in a friendly conversation, but quite another to listen attentively to a continued narrative.  Only by  listening can a child develop the skill of listening.

    6. You bring marks on paper to life.
The first reading lesson your child must understand are that marks on paper can really mean something, that each set of marks has it's own meaning, and that he will one day be able to read the meaning of the marks.

    7. An experience is shared.
For an adult, the fun of a children's book is watching a child enjoy it.  But even though you and your child are enjoying the story in different ways, the sharing, and caring are there.

    8. You should show how to scan pages.
Which is the front of the book, where do you start reading, which way does the line go, what happens when you get to the bottom, where do you look after you've turned the page?  The answers become habit for a child who sees it done.

    9. You should make reading a priority.
Children want to know what their family considers important.  Families that read produce children who read. It's that simple.