Reading books to your children is so important as it provides quality time with a parent while developing literacy and imagination skills.
While you read aloud, your child is able to listen and learn proper pronunciation of words as well as your inflection of particular sentences.
It is also an excellent opportunity for word association. For example, you can pause and ask your child, "Where is the puppy dog?" You can also ask broader questions like, "Where do you think the puppy dog is going?". These open ended questions can really ignite their imagination but also their level of understanding.
As you know from your own reading experience, books can educate you on so many different things within our world. Children in particular can learn a lot about emotions, morals, and situational behavior. When you come across a conflict in a book or a particular emotion, it serves a great opportunity to ask your child how they feel about the situation. This can help them to better understand right from wrong and help them to learn how to express their emotions.
Reading to you child can teach you so much about them and they will learn so much about themselves.
Explore bedtime stories with your children and keep learning!
What is your favorite book to read at bedtime?