This is the last post in my series on the importance of reading for children. I am so happy for all the positive feedback I have received for part one and part two – I hope you will enjoy this last instalment as well.
Reading is the key to other learning
A fondness for books is an invaluable help when your child goes to school. Anyone who has a love for reading has an innate thirst of knowledge which is beneficial for learning any other subjects such as science, maths, history, geography and other languages.
Better writing skills
The more you read the better you will also be at writing. This is something that is important especially for a child’s minority language, which usually does not get trained as much as the language used at school. Seeing words in a written form is vital for learning to write.
Children who love reading can concentrate on their tasks better than those children who are less ardent readers. Never be upset with your children if they can’t hear you when they are immersed in a book – it (usually) means that their ability to concentrate is top notch!
Brain training exercise
Reading is a complex task that activates several areas of the brain and as such has a positive impact on them. Recent research has shown that “reading a good book may cause heightened connectivity in the brain and neurological changes that persist in a similar way to muscle memory”.
Enhanced logical reasoning
When children read books they learn to understand abstract scenarios as well as cause and effect situations. Both of these skills help them in logical reasoning, which again comes handy in many aspects of their day-to-day lives and even more so at school and later on in working life.
Wider cultural understanding
Culture and language go hand in hand. Reading is particularly beneficial for understanding the minority language culture, as there might not be as many opportunities to experience the culture first hand.
Love for reading will be passed on
Children who have learnt to treasure books will in time pass this passion on to their own children. A benefit that moves on from one generation to another – how good is that!
Last but not least, reading is FUN
If have often emphasized the importance of having fun when teaching your children your language – books are a great way to have fun together, explore the world, learn new stuff and let your imagination loose.
Read more about reading!
To further inspire you to read for and with your children, check out these posts in which parent bloggers share their experiences:
How to use books to boost language skills
May the peace and power be with you.
© Rita Rosenback 2014
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