I am an avid reader, wanted, hoped and wished that my habit be contiguous to people around me. When I became a mother, I promised myself that I was give it my best try to make my son "reader". I introduced books to my son when he was hardly one. Got him a hardbound book which he turned, twisted, tried to pull the pages out, threw and tried all his skills.
Fast forward 8 years, now he also enjoys reading thoroughly. Grabs anything and everything and starts reading. It's a proud moment for a "reader" mother to see her offspring getting lost in the world of books :)
So you may wonder, why read? What’s so great about reading?
Here are a few ways in which I feel books have added value to my life and also how academic excellence is directly related to reading habit:
- Reading is the jump start for all types of learning. For any type of self-learning, the first step is to "read" and analyze the read words. Thus reading forms the foundation for learning.
- We know that attentiveness/mindfulness is a luxury these days. When a kid digs himself/herself into a document, there is complete concentration and a hundred percentage mindfulness in the current task. As research confirms that such an engrossed brain is a super active brain working hard to get the most, unlike the passive brain during a video game.
- I recently came across a De-Stress therapy known as "Bibliotherapy", wherein books are used to reduce stress in adults. So, if a book can be so effective for adults we could consider how fruitful can a "book" be for a child. We cannot negate the fact that young children are under stress and need a means to let that stress out. So reading can be an effective means to reduce stress levels. Also as they grow up, books could be an effective means to "let-go" than surrendering to bad habits.
- In this age of technology-based learning, most of the teaching happens with the help of technology, be it audio-visual or e-learning modules, etc. But the capacity to further enhance one's knowledge comes only by self-learning. The key to self-learning is reading and comprehension. There is no limit to knowledge if one is capable of critically analyze the read topics and assimilate it to one's knowledge base.
- Increased vocabulary is one of the best "side-effects" of reading. While enjoying an interesting book, one is unaware of how fast is his/her vocabulary is building. In no time the child starts making use of the words in their daily life.
- My son named his new drone-like toy "spy-der", I was surprised on where he had learned on the word-splitting skills. When asked, the reply was that he had seen similar word-breaking in one of the books he has read a couple of days ago. When he was thinking about a name for his toy, this name flashed, almost with no effort. This shows the depth of the influence a book can have on personality development of a young mind.
Yes, the new generation needs to learn the nitty-gritty of the technology, but equipping them with life-skills of “reading” at a young age is also equally prime.
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