You cannot start reading or telling stories to your children early enough. At the age of one, the children’s vocabulary and expressiveness are already considerably expanded by simply listening.
Two-year-olds who are read to regularly, for example, can learn twice as many words as their peers who are not read to!
In addition, thought processes are trained and creativity, imagination and curiosity are encouraged. It also trains children’s endurance and concentration skills. Studies show that children who are regularly read to will also enjoy reading and education in the future and will be more successful at school. All these are reasons to start reading aloud at an early age.
Unlike TV, apps & co, where the images are already given, books and stories allow children to go on a fantasy adventure and let their imagination work its magic. This trains abstract thinking and the ability to put themselves in other people’s shoes.
HERE’S HOW IT GOES – READING TO CHILDREN
Children love rituals. And reading aloud every day is one of the most beautiful ones. Preferably in the evening before going to bed. Cuddling, reading or telling stories together is a wonderful way to end the day gently. Even the most “overexcited” kids usually come to rest this way.
MOMMY TIME, DADDY TIME, BEDTIME
Ideally, both parents should read or tell stories. Children love and enjoy quiet moments with mum or dad alone. Reading aloud gives children a sense of security, warmth and safety and is therefore also an important factor for healthy development. For parents, this is a great opportunity to explore their child’s world of thoughts and feelings in a close and familiar atmosphere.
TIPS FOR READING ALOUD:
BOOKS YOU LIKE YOURSELF
Only read the books that you like to read yourself. Your child will know if you don’t like a story. There are also different books that moms and dads like to read and therefore read well. Some children want to hear the same story over and over again, which can be exhausting and becomes easier if you like the story yourself.
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Discover your acting talent. Everybody has it, some are just embarrassed about being the clown at first. Adjust your voice, speak loudly or softly, whisper, talk with all kinds of accents, exaggerate facial expressions and gestures. Your child will love it!
Let your child flip back and forth or look at something for a longer time. Children are also allowed to interrupt and ask questions or interpret the story in their own ways. It becomes even more exciting if you can integrate your child’s suggestions into the story.
Don’t ask too many questions and don’t turn the reading lesson into an exam situation. You want to arouse your child’s imagination and not constantly get the correct answers. Never build in morals or pedagogy yourself. Otherwise, your child will quickly lose interest.
NO WORKING OFF
If you are stressed and your mind is somewhere else, don’t try to “work through” the story to finish it. This is a typical approach of us adults, and children notice this too and then quickly lose interest. Take your time! Also, don’t mention that you have to do something urgent afterwards.
DO NOT DISTURB
Ensure a quiet, relaxed atmosphere. That means leave your mobile phone in the living room for once. Interruptions and noise are an absolute no-no when reading aloud.
RADIO PLAYS – A GOOD HELP TO FALL ASLEEP
Of course, it is the most beautiful way to read to the children yourself. But sometimes they want to hear their favourite stories over and over again. Children love repetition, and often they can already tell some or the entire story. Audiobooks are simply perfect for this. The best way to do this is with a Tonie box. The selection of Tonies is huge by now!
Most children especially like to listen to audiobooks in their bed at night before falling asleep. After an exciting day, they find peace and quiet and fall asleep faster.
However, you should not offer your children too exciting audiobooks. Even children who are afraid of the dark do not feel so alone and fall asleep faster with an audiobook.