One of my favorite experiences working as a nanny is seeing my little 20-month old charge walk proudly out of the library carrying a book she has borrowed for the week. She is so cute carrying her book out of the library, with her chest puffed out, walking a little taller, with a happy gait.
In fact, I have loved taking kids to story time, or to the children's library, at every nanny job. That's why I started reviewing a book each Saturday on this blog in a series I call the Weekly Trip to the Library.
This week, on the Be the Best Nanny Newsletter blog we started our discussion with a review by Maria Lopez of a reading system called BrillKids for babies and toddlers. Ms. Lopez works as a nanny and despite advice from experts suggesting it's impossible for children to learn to read under two-years old, she (and others) swear the program is beneficial.
In his book, The Read-Aloud HandbookJim Trelease lists the benefits of reading aloud to children. Reasearch by Jim Trelease shows that sharing books:
- Conditions the child to associate reading with pleasure, which is necessary to maintain reading as a lifelong activity.
- Contributes to background knowledge for all other subjects including science, history, geography, math, and social studies.
- Provides the child with a reading model.
- Creates empathy toward other people because books offer insight into different lifestyles, values, and humanity.
- Increases a child's vocabulary, grammar, and writing skills.
- Improves a child's chances of staying in school.
- Improves future probability of employment.
- Increases life span by higher education, better employment, and higher quality of life.
- Lowers probability of imprisonment.
- Improves problem-solving and critical-thinking skills needed for all other areas of learning.
- Offers information.
- Offers laughter and entertainment and an alternative to television.
- Improves attention span.
- Stimulates the imagination.
- Nurtures emotional development and improves self-esteem.
- Reading skills are necessary for academic success.