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Benefits of encouraging children to read
During the early years children are like
sponges absorbing information at lightning speed.
So it is vitally important
that children are read aloud to at this time. They
listening skills and are more articulate
and have fewer speech difficulties.
Kids who are exposed to reading from an early
age are more likely to achieve academic
success later in life. Readers
become successful and confident writers later on.
encouraged to question, and queries
the motives of a character or an author, begins
his first steps towards independent
thought and opinion. These comprehension skills
greatly benefit the child when formal
Children who love reading have many interests
and do well in a wide variety of subjects.
They also develop an ability to
understand how other people think and feel.
Readers fair much better at processing new
information and have a better chance for a
successful and fulfilling adult
Reading Can Enhance Children's Social Skills
Although reading is thought of as a solitary
activity, in certain circumstances
reading can be a socialising activity. For example,
a parent or grandparent reading a story aloud
can be a great opportunity for adult and
child to share some quiet, relaxed quality
time together away from the rush and
stresses of daily living.
Being able to read and converse is empowering.
When parents read to their kids and
encourage them to read, they are laying
the foundation for their future development
and this becomes the stepping stone
Top tips to encourage the young reader
Make story time a fun experience. Read silly
and funny stories or fantasy stories that
stir the imagination. A giggle
about a story always leaves them wanting to hear
even if it's the same story over
Read to your child from different genres
e.g. classical, poetry, information, science
fiction, mystery, and dictionary.
This increases their vocabulary and creates interest.
Even reading the dictionary can be fun.
For older kids choose a word then make
a sentence using that word, make
rhyming words, invent a new word or make silly
words using that word.
Talk about the characters in the story e.g.
did they like the story, can they identify
with the characters, what was their
favourite part. During the story stop and ask
the child to make a prediction
of what happens next and why. This stirs the
imagination and encourages the child
to offer his thoughts and opinions.
Fill your child's room with books. Kids
who grow up surrounded by books learn
to think of them as friends and
allies in their pursuit of reading, learning, and
wonderful new adventures.
Be a good reading "role model" for your children
or grandchildren. Let them see you
reading on a regular basis, and
how much you enjoy reading books and magazines.
Make sure your child or grandchild has a
library card. Libraries are wonderful
resources for reading and learning.
Show your children how libraries can be places
of wonder and excitement, and can
open up new worlds of learning that will last
Start reading to your child the first day
he or she is born. It doesn't matter that
your baby won't understand a thing you
are saying. The point is to have your child
get used to the rhythmic sound of your
reading voice. Make it a daily routine and
soon your baby will come to learn that
reading books is a "feel good" time.
The more you read the more things you will know.
The more that you learn the more
places you'll go". - Dr. Seuss, "I Can Read With
My Eyes Shut!"
Courtesy Super Reader