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The Importance of Reading with your Children.

  • Written by Lauren Conte

Studies show that reading for pleasure makes a big difference to children’s education. It is so easy to get your child off to a great start. So let’s grab our favourite book from the shelf and snuggle up together, entering a whole new magical world.


At The Day Nursery, we encourage the use of stories in a number of different ways, this can include the time for our Core Stories, this is when we focus on a particular favourite Story Book for as long as the children remain interested in it, sometimes this can be days or weeks. We find that having resources with a story such as a puppet or related toy can keep the children engaged. It can also prompt conversation and thoughts about the story. As Nursery Practitioner we continue extending the life of a story with an array of different activities that really bring the story alive. You can also buy or make Story Spoons, which can be easily made and used to talk about the story together.

As a parent you can make a difference by adding in to your daily routine the reading together of a story book. Remember it is never to early to start reading to your children. Its just as important to read to your baby, as even a few minutes a day will give your child comfort and it increases their exposure to new language.


Popular with much younger children are the Usborne- Touchy Feely books, “That’s not my..”, these books expose the children to new words and have pages that the children are able to touch and feel while being read to.


Then of course we have favourite Authors such as Julia Donaldson, with her incredibly popular books such as ‘The Gruffalo!’, these books have great opportunities for children to pick up on catchy repeated phrases, which they can join in with and also to learn rhythm and rhyme.


Even if your child may not understand all the words in the book you’re reading, they will learn new phrases and words which they can attempt to try out, copying what they have heard. You may notice repeated phrases from the story books while your child is playing. Their minds are like sponges and during play is a great time to use all the phrases they are learning, practicing the pronunciation of words as they play.


One thing that often gets forgotten as part of a story time is the importance of listening and understanding. Children must sit still and quietly so that they can focus on the story while they are reading. If children are read to frequently with an adult, they will develop the skill to do this for longer. Children’s vocabularies are widened and improved as they listen to a story. By being exposed regularly to books, this helps to expand vocabulary and provides opportunity for your child to find out the meaning of words they may never have heard before.


Reading a variety of books can help teach children about different places and events outside of their own experiences. Perhaps you could pick up a magazine, newspaper or leaflet and look at what it’s about. Quite often at the nursery, children have picked up and brought in different leaflets they have found, and they are eager to find out or show us what it’s about. There is so much to learn while reading a book.


As adults you are helping to strengthen those connections in the brain and supporting the skills your child needs for concentration. Research has shown that children who are read to on a regular basis also achieve better in school, so what’s not to love about using these opportunities to help our children be the best they can possibly be! Reading promotes achievement in all subjects, not just English as children who are good readers tend to achieve better across the curriculum.


Don’t forget at The Day Nursery we have a stock of books in the foyer Lending Library, which you are able to borrow and read at home with your children.

Some of the things you can do include:

Reading aloud to your child, talking about the words and pictures, and sharing ideas about the book.

Reading yourself – children who see adults reading, and enjoying it, are much more likely to want to read themselves, time to dig out that dusty copy of Game of Thrones!

Surrounding your child with books – you don't need hundreds of books at home but do go to the library or bookshop regularly to borrow books, spend time together, browse and make choices. In this way, reading becomes a habit.


Most importantly, talk to your child. Spend time with them, doing simple activities (like cooking and making things). As you talk about what you’re doing, you are helping them to learn new words. Later, when they see words written down, they’ve already heard them and know what they mean.


While researching the content for this blog I came across a wonderful website that you may want to check out as a parent or nursery practitioner. – Words for Life if the National Literacy Trust website for parents and if has some Fantastic simple ideas that you can do with your child at home to help support learning. It also has different resources that you may want to use at home.




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