Reading out loud has many benefits! What can children gain from practicing reading out loud?

2018.07.13

“Reading out loud” activates children’s brains. It requires children to remember letters and words and practice reading lots of phrases and sentences. In addition, reading out loud activates children’s brains and brings out their other capabilities.

Practicing reading stories and explanations out loud is often part of the homework in elementary school so it is a good idea to practice with children before they enter school. In this article, we will introduce the benefits of reading out loud.

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Reading out loud improves reading comprehension

Some people think that there is little difference between reading out loud or to themself. However, when reading quietly, humans have the tendency to skip words and phrases without knowing it. This causes us to miss important sentences so that we cannot fully comprehend the story. Reading out loud requires us to read each and every word, which helps children improve their reading comprehension.

Reading out loud also improves memory skills

Reading out loud requires us to read the words, say them out loud and listen to them with our ears. When children read out loud they are “reading”, “speaking” and “listening” all at once. Performing multiple actions at the same time activates our brain. Practicing reading out loud also improves our memory skills.

Does reading out loud also make us more calm?

Reading out loud animates the prefrontal region of our brain. When our brains are activated, they release serotonin. Serotonin has been shown to calm our minds. Reading out loud improves motivation and concentration and has helped many children control their emotions.

Reading out loud also improves children’s vocabulary and cognitive skills

Reading out loud helps children learn lots of new vocabulary and stories. Increasing a child’s vocabulary expands his/her world. The more words a child knows the easier it is for him/her to converse with others. Children are confronted with new questions every day. The larger their vocabulary the easier it will be for them to come up with their own answers to the questions around them.

Reading out loud also gives children self-confidence

Reading out loud is not easy for young children. Many children have trouble at the beginning. However, the more they practice the better they will get at it. When children become more confident in reading out loud they will be able to make use of this self-confidence when studying language.

There are many benefits of reading out loud. If children practice reading out loud from a young age they will be more successful when they enter elementary school. It is a good idea to encourage your child to attend lessons where they are asked to read words and phrases out loud.

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