There are countless advantages to installing reading into your children’s daily life. This is not just referencing specifically educational reading, but reading for pleasure has major benefits to a child’s brain development. Studies show that reading for pleasure indicates a positive affect on children’s educational performance. Children who read for pleasure perform better on reading tests, build a broader vocabulary, and tend to grasp unfamiliar concepts easier than children who do not read.
What does reading serve to do?
What is the major thing that fuels the minds of young children? Imagination! Reading helps to form and foster a child’s imagination. Seeing pictures and putting words to those pictures serves to inspire a sense of creativity in their adolescent brains. Reading opens all kinds of new doors for their expectations of the world around them and it encourages the formation of their own perspectives. Reading is essentially a language, a way that we communicate with each other, so they are learning beneficial communication skills as well which are necessary for human development.
When should my child begin reading?
It is common for parents to worry that their kids are not developing reading skills early enough, but what you may not know is that the age they begin to read varies from child to child. Some children learn to read around ages 4 or 5, but most children learn to read by 6 or 7 years old. There is good reason for kids not developing proper reading skills before the age of 6 and that is their brains typically have not formed certain neural connections that help to form words.
Reading tips for kids:
1. Questioning to understand—asking questions before, during and after the reading and looking for answers.
2. Making connections—using what I know to help me understand what I am reading.
3. Inferring—questioning as I read to form my own conclusions and making predictions as I go.
4. Visualising—pictures, pictures, pictures! I am creating pictures in my mind as I read based off the text.
5. Synthesising—combine what I know with new information I am reading to understand the text.
6. Determine the importance—understanding the main idea of the reading.