I have always loved books. As a child, I was always fascinated by the magical world of books. The moment I opened a book, the characters would appear in front of my eyes as if real and start talking to me. The stories would form real pictures in my mind and I would feel as if I was a part of it. My passion for books has become an integral part of motherhood. I am very keen in developing a love for reading in my children. Every day before going to bed, we have a routine of reading story books. I try to read a variety of books for them ranging from fairy tales, moral stories, general knowledge and much more.
Reading has immense benefits on the development of a child. It helps them in developing language, forms new brain connections and creates an interest for books which always helps them later in life.
Here I am just writing ten benefits of reading which I am sure are much less for those who love reading.
1. Quiet and Calmness
These days children are extremely active and never for a moment they like to sit still quietly. They never get tired of jumping and running around. Reading a book provides them with time for relaxation, quiet and calmness in their busy lives. They learn to sit still and focus. While listening to a story they also learn to concentrate. It also calms a child when he is fretful and restless.
2. Imagination and Play
Stories are a great source of encouraging and stimulating imagination. This imagination helps them in adding more variety to their play. When they are engaged in a story, they begin to imagine about the characters and situations in it and start thinking about how they feel.
3. Parent Child Bonding
Reading a story provides opportunities for parents to bond with their children. It is a great way of spending quality time together with the kids. Reading to your children gives them intimacy, they feel close to you, they get the feeling of being loved and secured. This feeling of getting opportunity from you helps them to grow smart.
4. Curiosity and Discussion
Reading stories evokes children’s curiosity and gives them opportunity for discussion. The child also learns cause and effects from stories. It raises his IQ level and he learns to exercise logic. The more a child delves into a story, the more he wants to know more and read further.
5. Inspiration, thought and reflection
It provides them inspiration, thought and reflection. It introduces them to a world outside their own world. When they are exposed to new life, ideas, characters, beliefs and information, they get to learn, think and reflect about it and thus feel inspired.
6. Appreciation for art and writing
Children learn to appreciate art and literature. They are introduced to the beautiful art of writing which increases their intellect and enhances their perspective. They learn various writing skills when they are introduced to various forms of it.
7. Language Features and Vocabulary
It is only when they read, they are exposed to new words and thus enhance their vocabulary. They unconsciously absorb information as they read and learn to use language and words more effectively.
Reading is a great form of entertainment. One never feels lonely while reading a book and never gets bored. If we develop a habit of reading at an early age, the child would never find reading a stressful chore. He would have reading as a pleasurable habit. One can take a book along almost anywhere and read anywhere anytime. Thus, a child can keep himself busy in a constructive way.
9. Better Communication Skills
When you read a book to your child, the child learns to speak by listening to you. The conversation between characters, helps a child to learn and express himself. The child not only learns from your interactions but also from the characters of the book. The child begins to understand rhymes and rhythms.
10. Academic Excellence
Reading at an early age develops a higher aptitude for learning in general. When a child struggles to put together words in a sentence, he begins to grasp other concepts in school easily. The child is better prepared to learn at school when he is introduced to reading at an early age.