We always encourage our children to read more but why?
What are the benefits of reading?
Here are a few examples of how reading can be beneficial and have a positive impact on our lives.
Finding a book that interests the kids can keep them lost in the imaginary world for ages.
Quiet, happy kids is definitely a benefit of reading!
Are your kids too young to be reading on their own already?
Check out this post about ‘The Wonderful Storyteller’ you can download prerecorded stories or record your own, so the children get to hear your voice even you don’t have the time to sit down with them!
Exercise your brain
Did you know that reading has been scientifically proven to strengthen certain parts of your brain?
One study tracked the brains of people as they read a novel and how their brains reacted afterwards.
In the most basic of terms, brain connectivity increased!
I’ve included a link to the study if you would like to have a proper look at the sciencey side of it.
When you read a book you have to remember all sorts of things about the characters, their history, background, subplots etc.
Reading can strengthen your memory skills!
Encourage the children to tell you about what’s going on in their book, retelling a story is a great way to practice communication, presentation and organisational skills. It’s also really interesting to hear their interpretations of characters and hear their ideas about what they think will happen next!
Gain knowledge and info
Fill your head with little bits of information, you never know when it might come in handy!
I love books that have a base of fact in them.
‘Number the Stars’ by Lois Lowry is a great example of this. It is a historical fiction aimed at getting older children to understand what life was like for people during WW2.
From my experience, children will often retain the facts and information presented in the books as they find it easier to relate to than textbooks and fact sheets for example.
Increase your ability to empathise with others
Whilst just reading one book isn’t going to make a massive difference, some research has shown that people who read fiction on a regular basis have better developed skills for building and maintaining relationships.
The idea is that, the more you read about characters, the more you will be able to understand the feelings and beliefs of others and these skills can then be translated into real life and relationships.
Improve concentration and focus
When you read a book your sole focus is the book and the story.
This is so important in this day and age when we are often distracted and doing several things at once!
Another of the many benefits of reading is that it builds good communication skills.
Books can be a great topic of conversation.
Ask about the characters, the plot, what they think will happen next.
What would your child do if they were in the situation of the character?
Enriches language and vocab
This one is pretty straightforward, the more you read, the more likely you are to be exposed to a wider range of vocabulary and learn how to use these new words in context.
This in turn can help to improve written skills.
The more words you read, the more likely you will be to spell them correctly.
The more you read, the more likely you are to use correct grammar.
Pose questions and stimulate further reflection
This also goes hand in hand with improving your analytical skills. Have you ever been halfway through a good book and guessed at the ending before reading it?
You’ve used all the information given and critically analysed it to come up with the solution!
There you have it!
So now if your child questions why they should read before bedtime, you can rattle off 10 benefits of reading 😉
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