“The best advice I ever got was that knowledge is power and to keep on reading to acquire knowledge.”Reading has at all times and in all ages been a great source of knowledge. Today the ability to read is highly valued and very important for social and economic advancement. In today’s world with so much more to know and to learn and also the need for a conscious effort to conquer the divisive forces, the importance of reading has increased. Reading also helps one to see the present in relation to the past and the future and thus develop a historical perspective. The historical perspective leads to advanced thinking, reasoning, scientific advancements and innovations.
Reading as many would agree is an acquired habit and not an individual trait or character. It is also true that to develop reading as a habit, has to start at an early age. The impressionable young age when the young-mind is curious to know and understand the world around them with thousands of questions bothering them is the best time to introduce the child to the world of books. The child as a natural is only waiting for you to introduce him to a medium wherein he can get his doubts or questions cleared at that moment. Having done that, the next task would be to guide the child or young mind in reading and enjoying the world of books. Imparting the love for Reading in young minds is like giving them a friend for life and a complete package to all round development of their personality.
At the basis the first and foremost advantage of reading is it increases children’s vocabulary and spelling more than talking or direct teaching. Reading forces us to look at words that we might not have seen or heard in our lives. In fact, languages in children’s books are likely to be more complicated than their average conversation. A large number of children who read are articulate and confident as they acquire better communication skills.
Next reading improves their thinking process. Reading books require readers to think and imagine about different details in the book such as characters and plot; this provides us to improve our thinking process. Along with reading comprehension comes a stronger self-discipline, longer attention span, and better memory retention, all of which will serve the child well in later life early reading has been linked to a better grasp of the fundamentals of language and more logical thinking skills.
Educational researchers have also found that there is a strong correlation between reading and academic success. A student who is a good reader is more likely to do well in school and pass exams than a student who is a weak reader. Good reader can understand the individual sentences and organizational structure of a piece of writing. They can comprehend ideas, follow arguments and detect implications. Good readers can extract from the writing what is important for the particular task they are employed in and they can do it quickly.
Reading not only promotes greater maturity, increases discipline and lays the basis for moral literacy. Reading has the power to benefit the mind in a myriad of ways. It benefits by stimulating your mind, reduces stress levels by transporting you into a different world, equips you with better knowledge of the world, helps in vocabulary expansion leading to learning of different languages and better communications, memory enhancement, develops strong analytical skills, improves focus and concentration, relaxes your mind and all this almost at no cost free…
Yes, reading should be made an integral part of life starting at an early age. Inculcating this habit of reading in the formative years of a child is the most precious gift anybody can think of giving them.
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