Reading has always been the basis of the education system. It is an essential skill taught to all from an early age, which is initially fostered by parents through the creation of an environment which makes reading enjoyable. The aim of creating this environment is to encourage children to integrate reading as part of their daily routine and ultimately adapt this behaviour into their development.
Research has shown that academic success is closely related to the amount of time the students spend pleasure reading (or sometimes known as independent reading). The benefits associated with reading are endless. Here are some examples:
More extensive vocabulary
Development of general knowledge
Being able to build stronger relationships by understanding how the world works through interactions between the people, places and events
Increase levels of cultural awareness
Development of critical thinking skills
Better brain development exercise, as reading engages the mind more than passive forms of entertainment, such as watching television
Improved levels of concentration as children need to focus on their reading which can also help to calm the mind
A more versatile imagination
Developing a sense of empathy
Above all, it has been demonstrated in research that the more your child reads, the more fluent and articulate they become at communicating.
In the evolving age of technology and conflicting stimuli, motivating children to read proves to be continuously difficult. However, by investing the time to establish a routine and enforce a positive experience of reading earlier on, children will reap the benefits which will carry for the rest of their lives.
What are some ways you can encourage your child to read?
Help your child find books they will enjoy.
Incorporate reading into daily activities. E.g. searching for dinner recipes.
Take them to the local library.
Lead by example and let them see you reading.
Embed them into a book series with multiple connected stories.
Encourage discussion and interaction with other children around the topic of literature.
Research has found that just 20 minutes of extra reading per day, can expose your child to an additional 1.8 million words per year, and they are likely to perform within the 90th percentile in standardised testing.
While reading less than 30 minutes extra per day sounds easy, it is important to recognise that
one in five students will struggle with reading.
This is rarely a sign of low intelligence, but rather an early detection sign for parents to explore alternate strategies required to improve your child’s reading skills to achieve the best learning outcome.
Whether it’s one, five or twenty minutes per day, reading is great for your child’s development. As educators, we cannot stress the importance of reading enough to ensure the best learning outcomes. This is why EX Learning is excited to announce the launch of the EXL Book Club program for the upcoming holidays. We hope to provide students with a positive and nurturing environment, where they develop a love for reading, free of the plethora of distractions.
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