It has become a habit to most parents to sit with their children and read their favorite storybook to get them to sleep.
While this has become an excellent way to pass the time, research has shown that reading to your children, especially when they are at a young age, has many more benefits than you can imagine.
The concept of a million-word grasp was brought up by a group of researchers at Ohio State University. According to them, this concept determines the vocabulary differences in reading between children.
Their research shows that even kids who are read to once a day will know about 290,000 more words by the age of 5 than those whose parents do not read books to them.
The research team randomly selected 30 books. They found out that board books contained an average of 140 words while picture books have about 228.
With this information, they were able to determine how many words a child will hear from birth until their fifth birthday if they are being read to.
This is why as parents it's up to you to make sure your children love the habit of reading and being read to. Jessica Logan, one of the researchers at Ohio State’s Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy, said:
”Kids who hear more vocabulary words are going to be better prepared to see those words in print when they enter school.”
As you can see the numerous benefits of reading, you should make reading more than just a bedtime thing. You can read to them at leisure periods, or even include reading time in their schedule.
Raising our children to be better prepared for the challenges ahead is necessary. Do well to read a book to your child today!
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