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Bedtime Reading & Child Development

Bedtime reading can have a profound impact on a child's cognitive, emotional, and academic development. As a dedicated learning specialist, Dr. Rebecca Mannis of Ivy Prep Learning Center has witnessed firsthand the transformative effects of this simple yet powerful ritual.

She says, "Bedtime reading is more than a story; it's a gateway to a child's creativity, critical thinking, and emotional well-being. It's a moment where parent and child connect, laying the foundation for a lifetime of learning and understanding."

Why is bedtime reading so important? Dr. Mannis suggests the following four reasons.

Strengthens Family Bonds Through Bedtime Stories:

Bedtime serves as a sacred window for parents and children to connect on a deeper level. Through the medium of stories, kids find solace and a chance to share their day with those who cherish their well-being the most—their parents. This invaluable connection fosters not only emotional growth but also lays the foundation for crucial skills like creativity, critical thinking, and language proficiency.

Empowers Independence through Independent Reading:

In today's fast-paced digital age, carving out time for independent reading is paramount. This practice equips children with essential executive function skills and enhances reading fluency. It empowers them to navigate their own learning journey, cultivating confidence and a sense of control over their intellectual pursuits.

Nurtures Early Literacy:

The benefits of early bedtime reading are immeasurable. By engaging in predictability through repeated phrases and cherished traditions, toddlers, and preschoolers gain a sense of mastery and familiarity that transcends into other facets of their emotional growth. Furthermore, there exists a statistically significant correlation between the time invested in reading to children and their early reading proficiency—a powerful predictor of academic success.

Builds a Bedtime Reading Routine:

Starting early is the key. From the moment of conception, a child's affinity for their parents' voices is evident. The routine can be as simple as reading a cherished book, creating predictability that lays the groundwork for lifelong literacy and family connections. Engaging children in critical thinking by asking them to predict story elements nurtures their cognitive abilities.

Learn more about Learning Specialist Dr. Rebecca Mannis, Ph.D., and Ivy Prep Learning Center by visiting

Cover photo by Tima Miroshnichenko

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