Family reading time is such an amazing time at my house. Just like my mother, I followed in her footsteps when it comes to reading to my LO, and he loves it. Sometimes my husband and I take turns with reading and prayer, which, in my house, coincide.
We started having reading time with my son was about 2, he was pretty far in his language skills. Along with going to Speech Therapy, we added in reading almost every night with two or three books a night. At this point, he can almost read the books himself, without fully reading, of course.
One of the best benefits is that it does help LO with language skills. Kids listen, even if they’re playing or falling asleep. At first, it’s just a jumbled mess, but then it starts to become language and they can start connecting their words together. As with everything, this will of course, take time. Therefore, the earlier the better. Reading may help your child excel when it comes to their language skills, which can be used later in life.
Along with their language skills being much better, the next step is the fact it can start kids to read at a young age. Again, it will take time and it won’t be until about 3 or 4 years of age, but if you repeat read their favorite books, pointing out specific words, they will be able to point out the small words like “on, off, am, a, is, and it.” These are words they may not actually be reading yet per say, but its close enough to where all they should do is see the word to know what it says. This is a great practice for pre-k aged children.
The last, and best benefit for family reading time is the fact you can have the whole family sit and read. Pass the book around with each page, whatever suits your fancy. Could just be children, mom and dad, but it can also include grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, everyone. It’s a great way to get the whole family involved, and that’s just so super fun.