Today a Reader, Tomorrow a Leader
When we talk about reading, we think about its benefits, and it is known that children have many such long-term benefits. Here are some major benefits children get from reading books.
Acquiring new Knowledge
- Approaching different themes and dealing with subjects from various areas of interest help the child acquire useful information form a wide area of topics that is needed both in school and in daily life.
Enriching their Vocabulary
- When we talk about children, reading is the main way of enriching their vocabulary. It is therefore advisable to encourage reading skills from the earliest age to develop verbal and conversational fluency.
- It’s no secret that modern education encourages the creativity of children from the kindergarten. Reading is a real help in developing this creativity by enhancing imaginative capacity and stimulating the creative power of the mind.
- Studies clearly show that regular reading improves cerebral activity considerably. Children who read thus have a better memory than those who skip reading in favor of other activities.
Improving communication It has been scientifically demonstrated that socialization is more pronounced in the case of children familiar with frequent reading. Books have the gift of improving interaction with others, stimulating the communication skills necessary for living in society.
Reading opens up new doors through the information it provides about any existing subject, making the world wider but at the same time more accessible to anyone. It can guide the child to new passions and interests. Reading gives children not only excitement but also intellectual but emotional benefits. We want to increase children’s empathy and compassion, showing them different perspectives on a situation, but it can also lower stress levels as a way of relaxation.
Reading develops vital language skills and implicitly helps brain development and the formation of new neural connections. All the new information children get is brain activity, which consists in creating new neural links, thus supporting the development of your child’s cerebral development. For the information to remain in the memory of the child, it is important to talk to him about his or her readings, encourage him / her to use this information in his / her games and later keep a reading journal. Reading for pleasure is one of the factors that predict success in life, along with education. Children who read for pleasure tend to have big ambitions and succeed in life. And the simplest way you can encourage the child to read is to give him books about the subjects he is interested in, then giving him the opportunity to choose his own books.
At Rockabye Daycare we read stories to children every day, choosing books according to monthly themes or children’s preferences. The follow-up activities are related to the book we read- coloring, drawing, talking about your favorite character, or open end questions: “How would you manage this situation?”, “Find a different end to the story”, ”What is your favorite character?” , “Who would you want to be if you were in the story?” , etc. All the children are very involved in this activity and every morning they search for books in our little library to read them at circle time.
“Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.”
― Mason Cooley