Reading has always been fundamental for kids. Reading can be fun for many kids, it’s something I have always encourage my children to do. From the time they were in the womb, often times my wife and I were reading to them. As parents we should stress the importance of reading to our kids.
Reading is the basic and most fundamental aspect of a child’s development. Taking the kids to the library once every week is not too much to ask for. Some kids absolutely love reading. Often times these are the kids that excel in school. I am excited that my children have developed an affinity for reading.
Here are five popular books (The Wizard of Oz, Green Eggs and Ham, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?, The Little Engine That Could, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) that I advise all parents to read with their children, buy or borrow the book and have them do a book report depending on their age. For younger children, read along with them and help them understand what they are reading. These are great books that I have had the opportunity to read with my kids or have them do a book report on and they absolutely love them all.
Reading can enhance children’s social skills.
Although reading is thought of as the quintessential solitary activity, in certain circumstances reading can be a socializing activity. For example, a parent or grandparent reading a story aloud, whether from a traditional printed book or from an ebook, can be a great opportunity for adult and child to share some quiet, relaxed quality time together away from the rush and stresses of the business of daily living. They share a few minutes of precious time, plus they share the ideas that are contained in the story. In addition, older children can be encouraged to read aloud to younger ones as a means of enhancing their relationship. At school or at a library story hour, books can bring children together and can be part of a positive shared experience. For some preschoolers this may be their primary opportunity to socialize and to learn how to behave around other children or how to sit quietly for a group activity.
Make the most of this experience by encouraging children to talk about what they’ve read or heard.
The purpose of this article is to say that, yes, it’s true, reading really is important, and that there are some solid reasons why that is so. Children do benefit from reading several times a week at an early age then move on to the less tangible rewards of a life filled with reading and sharing what they have read with others or applying the skills learned in their everyday’s life.
By Sanford Hall