Why Read Aloud with Your Child?

Brain development, knowledge, language, love of reading, bonding, literacy skills – you name it!

Zara Sargsyan
Granny reads to her grandson.
UNICEF Armenia/2020/Margaryan
05 June 2020

Reading is a child’s right – it helps them form as people, is a way of education for them, and a sure proof method to grow their brains, especially, in early childhood. But how exactly?Babies are born learning. From birth to the age of 3 they develop the foundation of a healthy childhood and adulthood. In this stage, reading out loud together helps children bond with their parents. 

However, books are not only a pleasure to read but also help children learn their own language as they discover different sounds and phonics. The number of words that a child knows in preschool is an important indicator of brain growth and it is through reading and talking to their parents that children develop their first literacy skills.

As babies grow, reading together with their parents helps them unlock their imagination and creativity, improves their comprehension and develops their knowledge of the world around them.

Slowly, they get familiar with storytelling and soon start to develop their own stories or versions of their favorite stories.

With stories they learn many things: that Pinocchio has lied has consequences, that we can take pleasure in the simple things in life like Winnie the Pooh, or respect for nature from Mowgli. Stories help them learn different concepts, such as before-after, cause and consequence, start-action-end, problem-solution, as well as learn about important values, such as empathy, helping others and showing their emotions.

Finally, reading also functions as a wellness therapy, helping children to reduce stress and decrease negative emotions as they connect with the experiences of the story characters.

Start early, even from 3-4 months, develop your reading routine, such as before going to bed or with a mid-day snack, and stay consistent! From just 5-10 minutes a day in infancy to 15-20 minutes a day later, you will build your child’s brain and set him and her to a good start in life.

Here are favorite classics from beloved author and UNICEF’s High-Level Advocate for Child Rights Nouneh Sarkissian.

 

In this video, Nouneh Sarkissian is reading the first chapter of The Adventures of Bluey and Pinky (in English), which she has written with her 6-year-old granddaughter Savannah who also illustrated the book.

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What could be in common between pomegranate seeds, the beautiful daughters of the King and the number of days in a year? Listen to the fairy tale of “Pomegranate Seeds” (in Armenian) to find out!

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