I came across a quote that says, “A child who reads will be an adult who thinks.” I smiled for a moment and pondered on its reality in my life. After a moment, I found myself thanking my mom for doing her best in influencing me to read when I was very young.
Pushing your kiddie to read may be a little difficult today than it was before. There are a lot of distractions your kiddie may find difficult to ignore other than the call of cartoons and outdoor activities. While these two are also essential to your child’s development, you must make them understand the importance of having a heart for reading before anything else.
What child experts say about reading and development
According to Julie Wells, president of the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA),
“Books continue to form the cornerstone of childhood education and development. Nothing can fire up a child’s vivid imagination more than reading a book, or having one read to them, because it is their imagination that is creating the images from the words they’re reading.”
She also explained the academic and social benefits that come with enjoying reading, which have been well documented. “It is the absolute joy kiddies can find in reading that is so important,” she added.
How many books are required
But how many books should your kiddie read in a year? In 2013, UK Education Secretary, Michael Gove answered it precisely saying that children should be reading 50 books a year by the age of 11. Child development experts in Australia, on the other hand, suggested that parents read 5 books a day to kiddies or at least 10 minutes daily.
Children’s author, Mem Fox, also gave away an opinion that parents should read 1,000 stories to kiddies aloud before they learn to read by themselves. According to the woman behind the book, Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud To Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever (Mariner Books), reading aloud and talking about what we’ve read sharpens kiddie’s mind. They also learn how to concentrate, solve problems logically, and express themselves more effectively.
What you need to do
kiddie to the local library and let them know what the librarians can do for them. Another tip is to talk to your kiddies about books. Ask about what they like in the stories they’ve read to know about their interests and preferences. Most importantly, be a model good reading habits.
Materials that could help
Now that you live in a highly technological world, you have more options than bringing your kiddie to the library. At a very young age, you can encourage your child to read by letting them have their own educational toy. Kiddie tablets available in the market today are effective aids for learning, as they promote fun studying and engagement. For best results, choose a device with an ‘educational ladder’ feature that adjusts to the user’s age and level of knowledge.
Make sure that the device contains applications aligned with the developmental milestones of kiddies. Most of the ‘educational ladder feature’ caters to students in kinder to primary school. A great way for children to learn at their own pace with an interactive touch screen technology!
Perks of having a reader child
There is no doubt how reading gives kiddies an edge. Compared to other children, those who read will have a better understanding of how things work. This will be noticeable to educators, as they would not find difficulty explaining even complex matters to these kiddies. They are also the one more likely to excel in class.
As we’ve said in the intro, kiddies who read will be adults who think. I agree to this, as I remember my younger years associating situations with things I’ve read to solve a problem. Just be careful parents when choosing a book for your kiddies, be careful with what you feed their mind.
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