The Benefits of Reading To Children Before Bed

The Benefits of Reading To Children Before BedThe book must enter the life of a child in the first years of his life. If a child reads a book before school, during school years he will not have to be forced to read the works that are necessary for the program.

The book becomes an intermediary between two generations. Modern parents give their children too little time. Reading to children at night will be a great family tradition. In a relaxed informal atmosphere, one can get to know each other much better. Even weekends spent together can not bring together as much as 40 minutes of communication before bedtime brings together. It is likely that the child will spend Saturday and Sunday with friends in the company of peers.

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Reading before bed is much more effective in terms of learning information. By nightfall, the human body relaxes. He is not distracted by extraneous thoughts. In the state between sleep and wakefulness, the brain is able to receive and assimilate any information without any effort on its part. In the morning a person can easily reproduce material received shortly before falling asleep.

Reading for 2-7 year olds

By 2-3 years old, the child already has enough vocabulary for understanding simple texts. By this age, he already has understandings of such categories as good and evil, justice and injustice, therefore, he is able to distinguish between positive and negative characters.

Reading for 7-10 year olds

In connection with the preparation of a child for school, the amount of knowledge about the world increases significantly. The plot of fairy tales should be complicated. The main characters may be less unambiguous. Children should learn to draw independent conclusions about whether a positive or negative character is in front of him. To understand this, the child should analyze the actions and behavior of this or that hero.

At the age of 7-10, children can already memorize the complex foreign names of the characters of Hans Christian Andersen, Charles Perrault and the Brothers Grimm. Unusual characters of foreign fairy tales will surely arouse the keen interest of the child.

By the seven years of the tale, you can begin to alternate with stories. In the wizarding world it is easy enough to distinguish the evil fairy from the good one. In reality, knowing good and evil is not always easy. Read the story to the child and ask yourself to determine which of the characters did the right thing and who did not. To increase interest in reading, you can use the works, the plot of which were made films or cartoons. The child will be delighted to see a character well known to him come alive on the screen. To surprise your children, you need to pick up a book / movie (cartoon) pair in advance. The opposite is also possible: first, invite the child to watch a movie, and then read the work in which he was filmed. Thus, children will be able to learn much more about the life of their beloved hero.

Reading for 10 – 12 year olds

From 10 to 12 years, the child begins to be interested in more “serious” than fairy tales, literature. Teenagers are interested in adventure novels. They try to imitate the main characters. At the same time reading tires children. You will please your child by reading him a book for the night. Now it’s not you, parents, who should be engaged in the selection of books. Your child will do this for you.

Sometimes children find it difficult to choose a book to read. In this case, the reading experience of the parents will help determine the choice. Remember which books you were interested in as a teenager. Times have certainly changed. Today’s children prefer Harry Potter. Alternate modern works with classical ones. This will help the child to shape their own preferences.

Reading for 12-15 year olds

At this age, children strive for independence, one of the manifestations of which is reading. The child is sure that he is old enough to choose literature for reading. Girls, as a rule, by the age of 14 are beginning to be interested in “adult” books: love stories with a detailed description of the passionate relationship between the main characters. Boys are interested in detective stories and history (especially wars and revolutions).

You should not prohibit or impose a child of a particular literature. Even if he reads about cruelty and violence, or too overt manifestations of love between a man and a woman, one should not think that your child will try to apply everything that has been read in everyday life. If the content of books chosen by a child is doubtful or suspicious, it is better to report it in a soft, neutral or indifferent form (“And how can you read such a stupid book?” . A strict ban can have the opposite effect.

Reading to children from 12 to 15 years

The tradition of reading at night is also not to be forgotten. Despite the fact that the child had grown up, the need for reading from him not only did not disappear, but, on the contrary, increased even more. Only now children need not fairy tales, but school textbooks. Parents do not always have time to monitor the homework, and even more so can not always help the child with their performance. The greatest difficulties are caused by the memorization of various rules and poems. That they should be repeated at bedtime. Repetition may look like this: the child goes to bed, and one of the parents reads the necessary information from the book several times. Falling asleep, the person does not distract on all sorts of reflections.

History and literature – the most suitable of school subjects to study at bedtime. Repeating the story, focus on dates. The material associated with various formulas, also needs to be repeated for 10-20 minutes before sleep.

General recommendations

To read at night as efficiently as possible, it is necessary to take into account the volume and content of the book.

The less age of the child, the less should be the amount of information that you plan to give him at one time. Start with small tales read in just a few minutes. Then you can move on to longer ones. However, if the tale takes more than half an hour, you should not read it in one evening. Divide the material into several parts. In this way, you will keep your children interested in the piece. A large amount of information at a time, as a rule, is not digested. In addition, children up to seven years old can concentrate their attention on the object for no more than 15 minutes, after which they need a change of activity. Children under 4-5 years of age go to bed very early, which means they should not be occupied for a long time before going to bed. Stop reading at the first sign of loss of interest and attention.

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