“Reading is the creative centre of a writer’s life. I take a book with me everywhere I go.” ~Stephen King
Do you want your children to read? You should, because it makes almost every aspect of their lives easier. The best way to do this is to read to them when they are young.
According to Huffpost Living, reading aloud to children is one of the best ways to develop a bond with your children. They learn ‘about complex aspects of life and relationships’ from the stories you read to them.
Educator Jim Trelease explains that hearing stories gives children a tremendous advantage. He explains, “In books, newspapers, and magazines, the language is more complicated, more sophisticated.” They acquire a vocabulary that they can use.
Children who are read to, and who read from a young age, are more confident when they approach teachers, other adults, and their peers. Knowledge builds confidence which builds self-esteem.
This infographic from Scholastic shows us how students become fluent readers.
Reading to your children gives them a solid platform for learning and reading. Understanding how to put words and sentences together from an early age allows them to adapt to school more easily.
They also learn to speak sooner by listening to you pronounce sounds that turn into language. Their communication skills are better and they acquire logical thinking skills, because stories allow them to ‘grasp abstract concepts, apply logic in various scenarios, recognise cause and effect, and utilise good judgement.’ (10 Reasons Why You Should Read to Your Kids)
Perhaps the most important thing for us at Writers Write is that readers are more likely to become writers.
As Stephen King says, “You have to read widely, constantly refining (and redefining) your own work as you do so. It’s hard for me to believe that people who read very little (or not at all in some cases) should presume to write and expect people to like what they have written, but I know it’s true…. If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”
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