You’ve heard the phrase Reading is Fundamental? Well it’s true! Reading helps develop vital language skills, opens new doors, enhances a child’s social skills, improves eye/hand coordination, provides hours of entertainment, and will nurture your child from toddler stage through the rest of their life. How do I know this? Because learning to read well at an early age has done all of the above things in my life and so much more!
When I learned to read, I discovered I could go to any place in the world and learn how to do anything I wanted through books. I became excited about that and appreciated the enrichment that reading would bring to my life. Throughout my fifty years I have read to learn new things, to gather information, as an escape, to have imaginary friends when lonely, to seek help with problems, and to bring myself close to my higher power; God.
Below I will expand on the benefits of reading as listed in the first paragraph of this article.
Reading Develops Vital Language Skills
Parents, start reading to your unborn child, then to your newborn and toddler. Reading to them will expose them to correct grammar and phrasing, help build their vocabulary, and will encourage them to want to master the art of reading. The younger they learn to read, the better. The more they read, the more they will want to read. Reading also enhances their ability to express themselves verbally.
Reading Opens New Doors
Reading figuratively opens new doors! When a child reads well, and recognizes reading as a source of information, the sky is the limit as to what they can do and learn. At that point, they are privy to factual or theoretical information on any subject. Through fiction, they can learn about individuals, their feelings, their plights, and their relationships with others. When I was little, there was no internet. Today children who learn to read literally have a wealth of information at their fingertips!
Reading Helps Build Social Skills
Whether a child is being read to, or is reading to someone else social skills are being built. For example, when a parent reads to their children at any age, they are spending quality time together. They are interacting by talking about what was read to them, sharing ideas and thoughts and yes, building social skills. Story time at the local library get youngsters together and they quickly learn how to communicate, share thoughts, how to treat others and numerous other socialization skills.
Reading Can Improve Hand/Eye Coordination
Living in the technological age we do now, young children can greatly improve their hand to eye coordination and fine motor skills by reading e-books. By clicking through an online book, they learn to use the mouse by clicking to turn pages, clicking back and forth, and other computer skills that will help them when they start to school.
Reading is Fun
No matter how many other practical benefits a child will learn through reading, it is very important that they view reading as fun and enjoyable! Give them access to all types of age appropriate books, e-books, classic and modern. Encourage them to dream, imagine, and think about what they read!
Reading is fundamental for all of the above reasons and more, so nurture it in your child and you will be giving them a gift that will last a lifetime!
To effectively utilize the web and judge the authenticity and value of what is found there, both reading and critical thinking skills are of prime importance.