15 Really Good Reasons
to Read Aloud with Your Kids

Here are 15 really good reasons to read to your children every day:

It expands a child's knowledge of the world God created and its inhabitants.
It's a very inexpensive form of entertainment.
It provides a family-centered activity that can be enjoyed by all ages, any where, any time.
It provides interesting topics for your family's conversation, hobbies, and other activities.
It opens the door to the discovery of heroes and role models much more exciting (and "positive") than those shown on TV.
It jump-starts the imagination.
It increases a child's ability to concentrate and builds attention span.
It develops a child's listening skills.
It gives a child needed practice in predicting outcomes and thinking critically.
It enhances a child's ability to think symbolically and visualize abstract concepts (as needed in the study of higher mathematics, science and Orthodox theology!).
It reinforces a child's understanding of language, and highlights the differences between "conversational" and "formal" communication.
It expands a child's vocabulary, without the "colorful invectives".
It stimulates and encourages creative writing, journal keeping, etc.
It's the single most important thing a parent can do to help a child be prepared to learn from other sources!
It's plain fun!

 

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