7 May 2021 | Source: Oswaal Books Editorial Board | Join the Discussion
We live an era where communication is the foundation of all material and immaterial success. Effective communication skills cannot be developed overnight – it needs to be honed, which means it requires practice, enough dedication and with time, you will grow into it. The groundwork is really important and that groundwork is solidified by the habit of reading.
One doesn’t need to enforce this but if a child learns that reading is advantageous to them in the long run or by some twist of fate a child likes to read, then you have one less thing to worry about. It Writing, communication, debating and so many more avenues open up for kids for the later stages of their lives.
In today’s article, Oswaal Books shall be highlighting the various advantages that come with kid’s reading and why it is so important in the modern era.
With the emergence of smartphones, children have access to a lot of information and a lot of visual stimulation that, more often than not, does nothing to sharpen their soft or hard skills. Spending that time in reading can actually prove to be beneficial. Here is how:
Having a wide range of vocabulary always gives you an edge. Be it struggling to find the right words to emancipate oneself from the constraints of effortless expression or just speak in a more polished fashion – having a good vocabulary and diction is really important. This comes in handy at later stages like in adulthood when they have to articulate their understandings and emotions or develop impressive speaking skills.
When children read books, they are automatically working on their retention skills. To read a story, a fable or an abridged biography, they will have to try and remember the different characters in order for the story to make some sense. Books require a deeper understanding and the ability to keep an account of previous events so as to create a link – this is great training for future textbook reading as it definitely makes things a lot easier.
This has been proved time and again – reading helps improve and enhance your level of concentration by a great degree. When reading, you find yourself immersed in the world that is being spun around you by the words of the book. It helps you focus and concentrate on that which you are doing (reading, in this case) which is transferrable to other activities or for reading complex books that require advanced concentration skills.
Unlike movies or videos, books allow you to imagine most of the events the way your brain wants to imagine them. With visual story-telling, you are being shown and pointed to the events, which allows you the perspective of the creator. This puts a dent in your imagination as it restricts you from reshaping and building your own version of it. By reading, you rule out all possible perspectives and are able to get one of your own. Through this, kids are able to grow into more creative and imaginative individual.
Books are the ultimate medium to travel around the world without moving an inch from where you are. Countless experiences and stories of beliefs and traditions penned down by people from all around the world can be found in a library or your bookshelf. By reading, you open up your mind to numerous cultures and the different aspects of each of these cultures. It is basically the best way to live vicariously through someone. Children, who read, automatically have a broader mind and spectrum of acceptance than those who do not.
Analysis and critical thinking are two important tools that one needs to develop and acuminate so as to be able to make the best of a predicament. Being able to think critically and having excellent analytical skills can never go wrong for you as it will allow you to have a different point of view than most others and will allow you to assess situations in a much more comprehensive manner. This needs to be developed early on and that is why, it is really important that children read from an early age.
Reading does have a lot to do with one’s confidence. A child who reads is bound to be more self-assured than a child who is a poor reader. This is because the kid who reads already has a pool of information, that other kid who seldom read or refrain from the habit, do not. This gives them the upper hand and plays to their advantage. A kid who is an avid reader will always have an insatiable hunger for more and that is why they will always be more eager to learn and stay ahead. This gives them a certain boost in confidence.
Studies have shown that children who are subjected to light reading even before school, tend to outperform most others, owing to their habit that they developed before entering an academic environment. That is why, children who read end up performing better in almost all subjects.
When children read stories or books with characters, they are able to tap into their emotional side better. By reading books, children learn to empathize with characters and learn how to recognize their own emotions better. This is really helpful.
By reading books, children are confronted with numerous characters that are basically reflections of the writer or may constitute fragments of their imaginations. Subconsciously, by reading books, children are also taking part in character studies which allows them to understand other people around them, better.
These are only 10 of the numerous benefits of reading that kids can use to their advantage. As parents and as teachers, we should look to make a positive impact on their lives and the most effective way to do that is by encouraging them to read often and making books, their favorite companion.