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Why is reading aloud so important?

The reading studies carried out annually by the Reading Foundation since 2007 show that parents who read to their offspring every day invest sustainably in their children's educational opportunities. Because: Reading aloud is the basis for good reading skills - one of the central key qualifications of our time and a prerequisite for everything that comes during and especially after school.

Reading aloud is neglected in many families

Studies by the Reading Foundation also show, however, that too few parents read to their children, and almost a third of mothers and fathers do not read at all at home. In addition to the kindergartens and after-school care centers, it is above all the families who create the foundation for a successful reading career. Because mothers and fathers are role models at all levels and are responsible for anchoring texts, books and other reading utensils in their offspring's everyday life.

Call: Read more!

Librileo and Endwinterwunder called for blog parades on the 2014 reading day, in which many bloggers took part.

Great contributions, among other things. of:

  • Zwillingswelten (including a presentation of your favorite books): "... reading aloud is much more than just reading texts out loud. If it works, children and parents slip into the story, into the role. They absorb the sentences and leave pictures arise before their eyes. "
  • Favorite brats: "When you read aloud together, you can make yourself comfortable and share special moments without making a fuss. You can recharge your batteries and suddenly feel better."

Which children's skills are encouraged when reading aloud?

It's great that there is a reading day and that the topic is getting more public. Because: Reading aloud to children is not only fun, but also promotes a variety of basic skills that are of central importance for the development of your child:

Cognitive skills, emotional and social skills:

The vocabulary is increased, the ability to concentrate is increased, the imagination is expanded and creativity is promoted. In addition, the stories teach your child to empathize with others. The results of the study by the Reading Foundation also show that reading aloud not only strengthens cognitive skills, but also promotes social and emotional skills.

Learn to read & write

Scientists see a close connection between reading aloud and reading pleasure, reading behavior and, ultimately, school success. Because children who have been read a lot find it easier to learn to read and write.

So if you regularly insert a book lesson and not only "rest" on radio plays and audio books, you are giving your children a valuable building block for the future.

Address and process family issues

At the same time, stories and pictures help to deal with various topics at an early stage. They give children space for all of their questions. In the 2014 reading study, two thirds of the parents surveyed stated that "reading aloud beyond the stories triggers further conversations". Mainly these are everyday topics that preoccupy the child, but drastic events such as new families, separation or school enrollment are also discussed after reading aloud.

When should you start reading to children?

The classic reading age is between 2 and 8 years. But with simple picture books you can get your children excited about these media beforehand. The earlier reading is part of everyday life for children, the better. How long or short the reading is made varies from person to person: Some children can process very large amounts of text at a very early age, while others need more time and lots of pictures.

Reading to children - tips for parents

What should you watch out for when reading aloud?

Anyone who can read can read to children. With these easy-to-use tips, reading times will be a wonderful and relaxing ritual for your child.

  1. The right atmosphere: Take your time and calm down reading to your children. Cuddle up together with pillows on the couch or on the bed and create a relaxed reading atmosphere.
  2. Responding to the child's wishes: As soon as they are able to do so, your child should choose the book themselves, or at least help decide what is read aloud. Many children always want to read the same book, so feel free to give in to your wish, even if - admittedly - it can get a bit boring for you.
  3. Read out loud: Play with your voice and give the characters different voices. Not only is this fun, it inspires little readers and makes the story livelier.
  4. Fixed reading times: Children love rituals. Introduce fixed reading times. It is best after noon or in the evening when the children need rest.
  5. Read out interactively: Respond to your children's questions and comments, and interrupt the story if necessary.
  6. A little bit of horror is okay: Most fairy tales are terrifyingly cruel, but children are usually good at differentiating between the fantasy world in the books and the real world. Even so, you should keep an eye on your child. If the guy is anxious and has nightmares at night, you'd better avoid "Bambi" or "Hansel and Gretel" first.
  7. Introducing digital media: Even if books are of course still the most popular medium for reading aloud, digital media also have their appeal, especially for parents who are technology enthusiasts themselves but are not bookworms.

Arouse and encourage curiosity

The older children get, the more the desire to be able to read grows in them. From the age of 4, many kindergarten children begin to show a specific interest in the written language. You recognize individual letters and become aware of the importance of reading for everyday life.

You should take advantage of this curiosity: Instead of systematically learning to read, try to satisfy your children's thirst for knowledge in a playful way.

Discover living stories in the scoyo learning world:

Use reading to learn to read and write:

  1. Write words to your children that they would like to write themselves (their own name, mom, dad, etc.).
  2. Make your children aware of familiar letters in the world: "Look, an A, like your name, Anton!"
  3. "Play" with language: At this age, children have a lot of fun singing together and playing language games.
  4. When using the alphabet in a playful way, however, make sure that you convey the individual letters to your child as sounds (H instead of Ha).

The most popular reading books

We found a great list of the most popular children's books on lovelybooks.de:

The top 5 reading books (2019):

1st place: Land of Stories - The magical land 1 - The search for the magic of your dreams

by Chris Colfer

When Alex and her twin brother Conner were given an old book for their birthday, they had no idea that the big book was a portal into a magical realm. You find yourself in a world in which there are not only good fairies and enchanted princes, but also an evil pack of wolves and an even worse queen. Unfortunately, the matter of good and bad is not that simple. Because in all the years after the happy ending, the fairy tale creatures have developed some quirks, which puts the twins in some tricky situations.

Place 2:About the fox who wanted to be a deer

By Kirsten Boie

After the big fire, Mama deer finds a little gray and fluffy creature on the edge of the forest: Blau-Auge, a young fox who has lost his family. Blue-eye is allowed to stay with Mama Reh and her children - and he really tries hard to be a good deer! But when first the stupid little mouse disappears and shortly afterwards the fawn Mehrpunkt, all forest animals believe that blue-eye is behind it. A fox always remains a fox! But blue-eye shows the animals that he is a real friend that you can rely on.

Place 3:We children from the Kornblumenhof - two donkeys in the swimming pool

From Anja Fröhlich

A natural swimming pool at the Kornblumenhof! All children are for it. So Mai's little sister Lolli can learn to swim, and by the way they can couple Aunt Karoline with the nice swimming instructor Mr. Kolibri. Too bad that stupid Abraxas interferes with them. With his funny diamond pendant, he not only hypnotizes the chickens, but also Mai's brother Henry. May must end this haunted house as soon as possible!

4th place:The magical ice cream shop

by Heike Eva Schmidt

Since Elli found out that she had the talent to be a magical ice cream maker, her whole life has been turned upside down. She would prefer to do an apprenticeship with her grandfather Leonardo today rather than tomorrow. But that still requires a little patience from her. Until the secret lessons begin, Elli is practicing some artist numbers for the school festival with her chickens. But then the duck, pickle and Lady Gacker are suddenly as if swallowed by the ground.

5th place:Rodrigo Raubein and Knirps, his squire

From Michael Ende

Knirps is convinced that he is a real robber baron. That's why he really wants to do an apprenticeship with the notorious Rodrigo Raubein! But it first demands a test of courage. When the little boy comes across the carriage of Prince Flip, he sees his chance. Can there be anything more dangerous than a princess robbery? Little does he suspect that the mighty magician Rabanus Rochus and his dragon are after them too.