Early Reading – The Top 10 Benefits

Benefits of Reading at an Early Age

Early reading is beneficial for both parent and child. When it comes to helping children to read, it’s a good idea to introduce the activity to your kids as young as possible. From better communication skills to more self-confidence, these are the top 10 benefits of early reading.

1. Improved reading skills

The first benefit of early reading is a little obvious – but important all the same. Giving your children the chance to improve their reading skills means they will be able to understand a wider range of texts and improve their literacy skills. What’s more, if they’re able to read and interact with the texts we see every day, they will also gain a greater understanding of the world around them.

2. Improved writing skills

Exposing your children to books from a young age will also help improve their writing skills. And writing is an extremely valuable life skill. From writing things down at school to job applications later in life, it’s something that your child can only benefit from having.

3. Wider range of vocabulary

Every time your kids read is another chance for them to learn new words and expand their vocabulary.  A wider range of vocabulary, in turn, improves their ability to communicate different concepts and ideas. It’s another skill for life that can be gained simply by early reading.

4. Better communication skills

It’s not only the wider range of vocabulary that will improve the communication skills of your children. Reading helps them to use correct grammar, spell words correctly and also pronounce them correctly (if you’re reading out loud together). All of these things lead to better communication skills from a young age.

5. Greater self-confidence

Did you know that better childhood reading skills are linked to higher intelligence later in life? And if your child’s reading abilities are beyond those of their classmates, they will be aware of it. Being at an advanced level of reading makes your kids feel more confident in their own abilities and more comfortable amongst their peers.

6. Greater capacity for learning

Reading can be challenging for children. They’re constantly learning new words, being exposed to new ideas and understanding new concepts. However, this is all great practice for them. Reading gives them a greater capacity for learning and means they will be able to take things in much easier in later life.

7. More curiosity about the world around them

If you have been reading with your children and they become interested in a certain topic, it might encourage them to learn more about it. In a wider sense this helps to spark their curiosity in the world around them. They will be more keen to understand how things work, why things happen and who people are. Being open to learning about new things will accelerate their development and improve their intelligence.

8. Smooth the transition to school life

If your child is already a capable reader before starting school, it means they won’t be playing catch-up in the classroom. They will be able to pick up new concepts quickly, something which can help to make them feel more comfortable in front of both teachers and other kids.

9. Greater imagination and creativity

Whether you read fiction or non-fiction children’s books with your kids, they will benefit from a greater imagination and greater creativity. Learning about new worlds – whether real or imagined – opens up so many possibilities for your kids. Again, these skills will be valuable throughout your children’s lives.

10. Establish a parent-child bond

Finally, reading with your children is a chance to strengthen your relationship with them. It might be one of the few opportunities you get to spend time alone with them, so cherish it – and remind yourself of all these benefits every time you sit down to read together.