Benefits of reading to our tamariki

Our tamariki absolutely love reading. If we continue to read books to them while they are young, we are making it fun and hopefully starting a love for reading. There are so many books that you can find, that your tamariki would love.

There are many benefits that our tamariki will learn from reading. While we are reading, our tamariki are using their imagination and they enter into another world where they become the character and get to see what happens. MAGIC! Some of the benefits that come with reading are that they have a deeper understanding about the sounds of the letters, the words, and the language that is used. This will help with their literacy skills as they get older and become more familiar with letters and the words. Through reading to them, and gently turning the pages over, you will get them to respect and value our books by showing them how to look after the books. While reading along, you spark the child’s imagination where they imagine themselves there in the story and be amongst it and can also create their curiosity. This can strengthen their connections in their brains and can improve their concentration with them having the ability to focus.

Reading can also help them develop both their social and communication skills by learning more language. This can help our tamariki to learn about the world around them, helps extend their knowledge and understanding their culture and others around them. It can help them with their emotions by the books talking about a wide range of topics, where it can give them some understanding around a new or frightening experience and can help them to acknowledge and work on their emotions that come with it. Especially emotions that they don’t get themselves. They can remind themselves that the character in the story felt the same way and they did this to help themselves out so they could do the same.

It would be really beneficial if you could possibly add reading into your daily routine and making it a consistent part of your daily routine.

Having a variety of books available will also be helpful and give your child the opportunity to choose a book they think they would enjoy.

Here are a list that they would love.

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • Giraffes Can’t Dance
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see
  • The Day the Crayons Quit
  • We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
  • The Rainbow Fish
  • We’ve Got a Boat