Reading helps you speak

Reading aloud regularly helps you learn to speak, read and write

Speaking, reading and writing are variants of spoken and written language. Their common basis is the language system with its inventory of sounds and the respective language-specific rules for combining sounds, words and sentences. Without a sound system, vocabulary or grammar, spoken and written language would not be understandable. "Parents can greatly support their child's language development and, later, the acquisition of the joy of reading and writing by reading to their child regularly and talking to them about the respective stories," emphasizes Dr. Jörg F. Maas, General Manager of the Reading Foundation, which has been involved in numerous projects since 1988 to awaken reading pleasure and strengthen reading skills. "Numerous studies, including by the Reading Foundation, show that children who are regularly read to develop better and that their chances of success at school and thus social participation are greater later on," says Maas.

The German Federal Association for Speech Therapy recommends the following tips to parents so that reading is fun and children can benefit optimally:

  • Take your child seriously by looking at them again and again as you read aloud.
  • Talk to the child about the story. Reading aloud is always also interaction and communication.
  • Listen to your child and let them finish.
  • Do not improve your child while they are talking.
  • Don't let your child repeat it.
  • Repeat what your child said - you are showing them that you have understood them and providing them with a correct linguistic role model.
  • Talk to your child in full, simple sentences.

“It is important that parents take time every day that is only intended for their child - regardless of whether it is 15 minutes or an hour. The main thing is that the child and communication with him are in the foreground during this time. Daily rituals are particularly helpful here - for example the story before going to bed, ”says Hoffschildt.

Source: German Federal Association for Speech Therapy e.V.