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Importance Of Reading With Your Child
Benefits And Importance Of Reading With Your Child
It is often said that the best gift to give a child during their formative years is a good book. A good book goes a long way in instilling the seed of creativity and imagination in a child. Meghan Cox Gurdon, in her Wall Street Journal article “The Great Gift of Reading Aloud,” says that in the not so distant past, reading aloud was the way children fell in love with stories. Now with parents suffering time constraints due to busy work schedules and children reeling under the influence of social media, it becomes hard to inculcate some sober reading time.
When we indulge in reading a story for our loved ones, we tend to encompass ourselves in the time and space of the book and begin to exist together in the warmth and the comfort of the words. This not only builds a sense of security but creates a bond between the parent and child. A book is a great way to give your child access to knowledge without tampering with their sensitive minds. Books enable an endless stream of imagination and creativity. The Early Childhood Longitudinal Study found that beginning kindergarteners who had been read to at least three times a week had a greater ability to decode words compared to children who were read to less often!
Let’s further discuss the concept of reading that contains the importance of reading with your child, stages of reading and the benefits of reading.
Why Is Reading Important?
Books provide kids with literary opportunities to travel outside their small worlds to become aware of how others live. Reading a book takes patience, interest as well as complete immersion. By reading books, children learn about values and morals in a way that is fun and age appropriate. “Slow and steady wins the race, Sharing is Caring, Friend in need is a friend indeed, treat others how you want others to treat you”- sounds familiar doesn’t it?
Values imbibed in our childhood through books and fables create and weave our personality through our adult life. We use these true to life quotes often without realizing how they have been imbibed into us in childhood through simply moral stories.
A good book will act as a safe haven for your child giving them security and peace. Reading habits developed at a young age will give your child an edge as well as an alternative over the mass consumption of media by their peers.
Books offer a wider worldview than most of us can ever hope to achieve in our daily lives. Sci-Fi, Fiction, Fantasy, Drama, History all these genres offer a platter of information and knowledge to your child.
Stages Of Reading
From kindergarten through third grade, when kids are just starting to read, the focus is mainly on parents and teachers reading to their kids, be it a fairy-tale or subjects in an academic environment. At this stage, teaching is oral and the kids with the largest vocabularies have an advantage because they understand most of what the teacher is saying. Reading allows your kid to explore with the play of words and to improve and grow their individual vocabulary. Books, like magazines and newspapers, contain sophisticated and complex language that uses complete sentences. So, it makes sense that a child who hears more sophisticated words has a giant advantage over a child who hasn’t heard those words.
Access to a wide genre of books helps in introducing to your children to various authors and their style of writing exposes them to different worlds of rhymes, imagination, songs and so on. Every child is different so it is natural for kids to expose themselves to a variety of genres. Each story brings out the fantasy and captures the imagination, creating a sense of anticipation in each of the learners.
Books like Dr. Seuss give an entirely new meaning to rhyme and changes the way children can learn. Educative yet funny, his books encourage the children to imagine beyond the ordinary, The Cat in the hat, Put me in the Zoo, Oh! The Thinks that you can Think, Is a Camel a Mammal and many more never fail to enthrall the children.
Long Term Benefits Of Reading
Falling in love with reading ensures that your child will constantly have a friend through thick and thin. Books enable parents and teachers to give our children the irreplaceable gift of storytelling; a gift that begets life, love, culture, fantasy, adventure, and mystery. A safe space where you are the maker as well as the protagonist of your own story, it takes us into a world where our imagination knows no limits and the impossible is real. But no matter what or how many blogs you read recommending the importance of reading with your child, in the end, what matters is- the time that you read to your child and how you help them to develop a passion for reading. You will be giving them a gift for life!
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JBCN International School
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