Importance and Benefits of Reading For Children

The famous saying "Today's readers are tomorrow's leader" perfectly indicates the importance of reading habits in a person's life. Reading books transfer us from this physical world to the world of imagination, the prettier and more exciting one. This is equally beneficial for infants and children, men and women, young or old. Francis Bacon rightly said, "Reading makes a full man".

 
Importance of Reading in Early Childhood Development

Specifically, reading in early childhood has great importance as it is a highly sensitive period; the brain undergoes explosive changes so, the lesser experience can cause inadequate growth. (Perry, B. D., & Pollard, R., 1997). Reading for the sake of pleasure can improve the academic, linguistic., social, cognitive development, and overall wellbeing of children. The studies of Kalb, G., & Van have shown that the stimulation of young children's cognitive skills for their development seems beneficial to them later on in life, and parents reading to their children can stimulate them to read books themselves further their cognitive skills.


3 Reasons Why Should Children Read.

The impact and influence of reading in people's lives are pervasive. (Thanuskodi, S., 2011).  There are so many reasons for reading of children under the age of 5 to 10 years old there of them are:


For fun and learning

Reading is a pleasure source as children love to be introduced to their books' interesting and imaginative character. They enjoy the stories, descriptions, get-ups, and other details. Reading books enhances their learning, improves their comprehension, develops their cognitive and social skills. Stories are on various topics, and children read curiously and get maximum knowledge and understanding of the world.

 
It Improves Literacy Skills

Reading of books make children good communicator, active listener, and impressive writers as well. It enhances vocabulary amazingly with better sentence structure and grammar; highly essential in written exams.


Enhances Imagination and Creativity

Creativity demands a strong imagination, and reading nurtures it. Children who read books have more exposure, more information, and more variety of words to convey their thoughts.


How to Encourage Children to read?

Parents, teachers, and other adults can assist children in developing their habit of reading. Some simple tips are:


Start from a very young age

Parents should start reading to their children from the very early days of his childhood. Simple reading books for very young children are available in the market.


Read Aloud and Regularly

Read aloud and regularly read for your child; at the age of 5, provide his books for reading. Beautiful picture books with exciting illustrations urge kids to think and imagine more and more stories and characters' perspectives.


Let your Child Read

Always encourage and motivate your child when he is reading a book. Do not reprimand his or her mistakes; instead facilitate his or her progress with encouraging  expressions and gestures. It will improve his confidence and transform him into a book lover.


Be Patient

Developing a habit is not one-night work and getting good results; it takes time. So be patient and consistent in your task and spend qualitative book reading time with your kids to strengthen their habits.


Present Good Books

Present good books as gifts to your children on their birthdays, keeping in mind the taste and interest of kids. It will develop a love for reading books.


Bed Time Stories

Children love to listen to bedtime stories from parents or grandparents, making them habitual of listening and reading productive and exciting stories with moral and ethical lessons. Don't tell them horror stories as they will disturb them mentally while sleeping.

 
References: 

Perry, B. D., & Pollard, R. (1997, November). In Proceedings from the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting (New Orleans).

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