10 Benefits of Reading

Some of the St. Jerome kindergarteners reading their leveled readers!

Although the life of a parent is often hectic, you should try to read with your child at least once a day at a regularly scheduled time. But don't be discouraged if you skip a day or don't always keep to your schedule. Just read to your child as often as you possibly can.  Taking the time to read with your child on a regular basis sends an important message: Reading is worthwhile.

Listed below, are 10 benefits of reading.  

1. Children who read often and widely get better at it

After all, practice makes perfect in almost everything humans do, and reading is no different!

2. Reading exercises our brain.

Reading is much more complex task for the human brain rather than watching TV, for example.  Reading strengthens brain connections and builds new connections.

3. Reading improves concentration.

Children have to sit still and quietly so that they can focus on the story when they are reading.  If they read often, they will develop the skill to do this for longer.

4. Reading teaches children about the world around them.

Through reading a variety of books, children learn about people, places and events outside of their own experiences.

5. Reading improves vocabulary and language skills.

Children learn new words as they read.  Subconsciously, they absorb information on how to structure sentences and how to use words and other language features effectively in their writing and speaking.

6. Reading develops a child's imagination.

As we read our brains translate the descriptions we read of people, places and things into pictures.  While we are engaged in a story we are also imagining how a character is feeling.  Young children then bring this knowledge into their everyday play.

7. Reading helps children to develop empathy.

As children develop they begin to imagine how they would feel in that situation.

8. Reading is fun!

A book or an e-reader doesn't take up much space and is light to carry. You can take it anywhere so you will never be bored if you have a book in your bag.

9. Reading is a great way to spend time together.

Reading together on the sofa, bedtime stories and visting the library are just some ways of spending time together.

10. Children who read achieve better in school.

Reading promotes achievement in all subjects, not just English.  Children who are good readers tend to achieve better across the curriculum.

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Volume 11, Issue 3, Posted 2:52 PM, 03.10.2019