One of my happiest childhood memories is snuggling in bed with mum or dad each night as they read to me.
It was these moments that instilled in me a lifelong love of reading. It’s still one of my absolute favourite things to do, even though it’s a rare treat for me these days.
What I didn’t realise back then was that this simple habit gave me so much more than just a love for reading before I even started school.
FACT: 75% of brain development occurs in the first 3 years of life.
FACT: Reading to your child enhances their brain development in surprising ways.
For a child, the more time spent with a parent reading aloud increases his or her level of attachment, enhances a sense of security, and imparts the knowledge that their parent feels they are worthwhile people with whom to spend time. (How to Raise a Reader, 1987)
Studies have shown a direct link between parents reading to their children regularly and their success in life: They’re less likely to become involved in crime or leave school early; they enjoy higher academic achievement and perform better at work after they graduate.
I’ve found this free eguide online that explains how to get started with reading to your child.
Now, I read the books I fell in love with to my own kids, and it’s still my favourite time of day. I think it’s theirs, too.