Why Audiobooks Are Great For Kids and Parents Too!
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We all know that reading is important for kids, but have you ever struggled to get your toddler to sit and listen to a book properly? What if I told you there is a way to help your child learn new words, keep them entertained, help them to sit still and even improve their reading skills?
That’s right I’m talking about audiobooks! Now I just want to add a little disclaimer here because while my child does listen to audiobooks and I love the benefits of them, I personally believe real books should never be “replaced” and I strongly believe that you should encourage your child to look at/read physical books too!
Benefits Of Audiobooks for Kids
- Audiobooks help children develop listening skills and quiet concentration.
- Help children understand complex language.
- Helps children learn punctuation, enunciation, and emphasis.
- Increases vocabulary
- Let’s your child hear fluent reading (as most are read aloud by either the author or a professional actor)
- Literacy time can easily be increased as you can play audiobooks while your child is drawing, tidying their room, eating dinner, in the car etc.
- Increase a child’s storytelling skills
- Read-along book and CD sets can also help children link the printed and spoken word
- Audiobooks allow children to discover stories that exceed their actual reading age
- Helps reluctant readers discover the joy of books
- Audiobooks are fantastic for restless children as they allow the child to engage in other activities simultaneously
Where and When To Play Audiobooks
The great thing about audiobooks is they can be listened to anywhere! Car journeys are a great time to listen to a story or put on an audiobook while your child is playing with their toys. Naptime and bedtime are also great times to switch on an audiobook!
Benefits For Parents
- They´re fun to listen to
- Improves storytelling skills
- Buys you some peace and quiet time to focus on other tasks
- Increases your bond with your child by listening together and discussing the story