Read Smart: The Benefits of Reading Aloud
In today’s frantic world it can be difficult to find time to read aloud to our children. The good things that come from hearing a parent or teacher read to a child, though, are well worth the effort. Reading aloud to a child helps them develop language skills and vocabulary, curiosity and creativity, and a lifelong love of reading. Reading with your child also allows you to give them wanted attention, especially if you take the time to read something one-on-one with each child. Even older children and teens benefit from being read to, as it allows for better reading retention and comprehension. For more reasons to read aloud and a list of books to try out with your kids or students, see this article.
–Debbie Barr, BYU Student, Department of English