Reading To Infants
Reading aloud to your child as an infant, or even in-utero can make a difference in their Intellectual Development.
Many experts have declared that reading aloud to your baby is important. Not only will you have happy, well-adjusted, book Loving children as they get older, but their intelligence will have greatly benefited by the extra attention book reading provides. Picture books with their beautiful paintings, drawings or photos, etc. will open up a world of colors to your infant. Your enthusiastic voice and excitement over the wonders that stories present to the onlookers will provide a library of expressions, facial and vocal. The more animated you are, the more your child will have a varied sense of character. They will express themselves well, with the full range of emotions. They will be themselves no matter where they are, because they would have learned the art of honesty, and the belief that it's Ok to be who they really are. They will love life, be optimistic and have strong self-esteem. They will know that knowledge comes from books. If they have a problem, they know that they can find the answer somewhere in a book. They will look for solutions in books. They will search them out at the Library and the Bookstores. Should they come across a story that provides a solution to a problem they themselves were having, they will be able to judge & apply that solution to their own lives.
But the question is, Why would we want to start as early as infancy, or even better, In-Utero (while still a fetus)? Because, the answer is this: The earlier we can influence a child, the better. We know that a fetus can hear at 14 weeks in-utero. If they can hear, then they can think. And if they can think, then they can feel happiness as well as anger, or frustration. Never underestimate the intelligence of an unborn child. When Mom becomes upset, certain hormones flood her bloodstream, causing baby to become upset. And long after Mom has calmed down, baby is still being pumped with adrenalin and steroids, and is active & uptight. What to do?
I read to mine. After three attempts with three different books, I was able to calm my unborn son to sleep. Everytime I stopped reading he would kick and squirm. Many times this happened at night, and I wanted to sleep peacefully without interruption by an active fetus. Reading him to sleep was what he wanted & expected.
When he was 6 days old, I took him in for a checkup. The Pediatrician asked, as we were finishing up, if I played the piano. I said, "No!", with a laugh, and explained that I was the only jock in the family that did not play an instrument. I did, however, explain to him that I read children's storybooks to him in-utero, and everyday since he was born, several times a day. I inquired as to why he thought I played an instrument, since it was such an odd question to ask at the moment. He said it was because my son "seemed very intelligent"., "Oh, really,' I asked,' how can you tell at this age?" He said he had observed him from the time he entered the room, how my son would watch everyone (nurses, his father, & siblings) move about the room, turning his head to follow them. I related accounts of his birth day in the labor & delivery room, when he did the very same thing he was doing that day, and every day since. Normally, the doc, said, that newborns were sleepy heads, barely staying awake long enough to get anything to eat, before they fell asleep again. In this case, the doc said, I would need to make sure he got alot of stimulation. My son, was as active & alert as a 3 month old and has always been ahead intellectually than most kids his age. Because I read to my son while pregnant with my 2nd and the same for my 3rd, his Sisters have turned out the same way. They have, all three of them, been diagnosed, creatively and intellectually gifted. The only thing that I did differently, was to read to them all In-Utero and everyday since their birth.