I discovered the wonders of reading books when I was barely six. The worlds I uncovered and the magic of words enthralled me and I just can’t stop reading ever since.
But there is more to reading books than enchantment and fascination. In fact, there are a lot of benefits that a child can get from reading.
Reading exercises the brain.
Reading stimulates the brain to create new neural pathways while strengthening already established ones. These pathways form networks to process information and improve brain function.
Reading improves concentration.
A child’s attention span is limited and their active bodies are prone to shift from one task to another. Reading something that interests them engages their attention and urges them to focus.
Reading enhances the imagination.
When we read, we play around with words in our head and create the story in our mind. This prompts the child to think of new ideas and be creative. It stretches the mind to receive and conceive concepts and notions, broadening their thoughts.
Reading improves vocabulary and language skills.
Reading exposes the child to words and effectively adds those words to their vocabulary by showing how the words connect with each other. It develops awareness of contexts at an early age and helps the child understand the meaning of words and how to use them. This, in turn, cultivates better language skills in a child.
Now that it is clear what reading can do and why you should get your child to read books, the next course of action is to find age-appropriate books for your child. Make reading fun for your little ones to spark interest and develop a life-long habit of reading.
What books do you enjoy as a child that you think you’re little ones will enjoy? Please share with us in the comments below so we could enjoy them, too. You could also start browsing through my reviews here.