If you are reading this article, you can thank your ability to read for that.
“I believe we should spend less time worrying about the quantity of books children read and more time introducing them to quality books that will turn them on to the joy of reading and turn them into lifelong readers.” – James Patterson
No doubt, reading is important to be able to interpret words on the page. Also, it provides the foundation for your learning and functional abilities. Do you remember your childhood when you learned to read for the first time? Of course, most of us don’t remember, but now we can’t imagine living without the ability to read. What about your Facebook posts, text messages, Tweets if you are unable to read them? It is easy to see why it is important. But, it is extremely important for kids.
As they grow, they have to learn and improve their reading skills to make it through school and into their careers. So it is one of the most interesting activities that you can encourage your kids to do in the holidays. It is entertaining and thought-provoking that can help your kids in critical thinking later in life.
- Expands vocabulary and language skills
When your kids are very young, you can read aloud to them to encourage verbal communication skills. When we talk to them, they are exposed to a limited vocabulary. While reading, kids come across words they have never heard before. This makes them curious to know what these words mean, and consequently, they add it to their vocabulary. Reading will expose them to different sentence structures, writing styles, and ways to express their thoughts.
Reading exposes kids to so many wonderful things. It helps their imagination when it comes to creating a new thing. By reading, we are painting a new picture in our mind, and with books, kids can go beyond their imagination.
- Focus and concentration
When kids are reading, they can learn to focus and concentrate on one thing. By sitting down and reading, kids learn to slow down, relax, and focus on what they are reading. They start imaging how the characters are built, how they live, and where they are. They develop an imaginary world with their favorite characters.
- Exercises their brain
Reading requires more brainpower than any other activity. When kids read, they utilize most of their brain that deals with multi-sensory integrations, making connections between words and visual thinking. Also, it stimulates critical thinking and helps kids develop a link between the book and real life.
- Improves memory
Consistent reading means taking in all the characters, places, and things. When a kid reads, s/he is using memory muscle, which lies in the cerebrum part of the brain. Using this muscle improves memory in the long run.
- Builds self-confidence
When kids learn that they don’t have to rely on their parents to read things to them, and they develop a sense of independence. They feel like they can understand the world on their own, and it makes them confident.
- Encourages a thirst for knowledge
When kids develop a deep interest in books, they will be introduced to a wide variety of topics, cultures, and ideas. This way, they will realize how much knowledge is out there for them to explore. In many cases, they will enjoy the content of books, and they won’t even realize how much knowledge they are gaining.
- Increases empathy
Kids have a narrow understanding of the world as they have limited experience and exposure. Reading books about different people who have had versatile experiences allows kids to understand what it may be like being in someone else’s shoes. This way, they appreciate diversity and empathize with people who have very little in common with them.
- Best entertainment
In this digital age, kids are always glued to their devices. No doubt, digital devices have their pros, but books are the best source of learning and entertainment for kids of all ages. Rather than spending hours in front of screens, encourage kids to consider books as the source of entertainment. Reading is the best cheap entertainment kids can get. If you emphasize reading, they will develop a passion for books in the long run.
- Leads to academic success
A child needs to read to progress through school. Reading is the fundamental need to understand the instructions on the test or exam. If a student can’t comprehend the question, s/he cannot even answer it. Therefore, reading plays an important role in improving academic results.
- Language development
Babies and children learn to talk by hearing words. The more they hear, the more likely they are to talk and understand what’s being said. Your kid’s language skills and literacy depend on you talking and reading to them.
Fluency refers to the ability to read with speed, accuracy, and expression. Fluency is a powerful and effective language tool. The more you read, the more fluent you become. Now, doesn’t that sound important?
- Improves grammar
Through reading, kids can understand how the authors composed their sentences. Also, it helps them improve their verbal skills. They learn to use clues, such as punctuation.
- Improves writing skills
Because reading helps kids improve their communication, grammar skills, and vocabulary. Ultimately, it improves their writing skills. Through reading, they learn all skills that can make them a good writer.
- Creates a parent-child bond
From the early years, reading develops a bond between a parent and child. It creates closeness and intimacy between them as they get to spend a lot of quality time together. When kids get older, you can promote independent reading and discuss different parts that you liked the most. Reading can become an opportunity to interact with your child.