Ten Reasons to Read Aloud to Your ChildrenAs simple as it may seem in a world of high-tech toys and TV, reading out loud to your child is the single most important activity homeschooling parents can do to prepare their child for future academic success. This year, create a lifelong love of reading in your child for these ten reasons:

1. A child who has consistently been read to from an early age scores higher in verbal and communication skills than a child who has not.

2. A child's comprehension and reading literacy is increased significantly when a parent reads to a child.

3. Reading aloud bonds a parent and a child. The one-on-one communication gives children the attention they crave.

4. A taste for excellent literature is developed when reading out loud to a child.

5. Listening skills and attention spans are enhanced.

6. Reading out loud promotes discussion about what is being read and entices a child to process information about the world and how it works.

7. The connection between the written word and printed word is established when reading aloud.

8. Reading aloud helps a young reader improve his vocabulary as he recognizes new words and decodes their meaning from the content.

9. A shared frame of reference is established when reading out loud with material for family inside jokes from favorite books.

10. The priceless benefits of reading to your child lay the foundation for a lifetime love of reading.

What are some of the favorite books your homeschool family has read together? Please take a moment to share them in the comment field below!