Hidden Benefits Your Child Gains From Reading
Annoyed with finishing those 'summer reading lists'? Not so fast! In addition to the obvious benefits of reading, your child can gain so much more from those summer reading lists! What, you might ask? Here are three simple, but mostly forgotten, benefits of raising children who love to read!
While it's a wonderful thing to take the time to answer all of the 'whys' and point out your observations of the world around you to your child, reading may prove even more valuable. Why? Because our speech is full of slang and curtailed sentences. We tend to speak in a way that allows us to convey our thoughts in the most efficient manner. Unfortunately, our brain doesn't typically equate efficiency with eloquence and substitutes shorter, more concise thoughts in place of longer more, detailed sentences. Books, however, are written in the exact opposite fashion. They contain a plethora of sophisticated language and acute attention to detail. In their attempt to take the reader into the story being told, books and their sophisticated words allow a child an opportunity to cultivate a rich vocabulary and foster eloquence through imitation of the vocabulary and patterns observed.
Books are written in a variety of styles. Some are playful, some are persuasive, some are suspenseful and others mysterious. Styles of writing vary as greatly as the authors who create them. Being familiar with a variety of writing styles, has a direct correlation with children's fluency in communication. Kids with extensive reading experience have the chance to build a more extensive vocabulary to depict their insight, perceptions and experiences. Each and every opportunity for conversation presents itself differently, thus children benefit greatly when armed with enhanced linguistic abilities in the form of richer vocabulary, proper language structure and enhanced communication. In addition to higher oral communication skills, children armed with a wide array of reading experiences are more proficient in their written communication skills as well.
We've already talked about the eloquence and communication skills your child can gain from frequent reading. But, did you know reading can also boost their self esteem? Frequent reading has long been linked to higher academic achievement. Higher academic achievement naturally produces a boost in confidence. BUT, children who read regularly can also recall words and formulate thoughts and ideas more quickly. Being able to quickly and accurately find words, especially intricate ones, fosters self confidence and a greater sense of articulation. Among all of the neurological, social and linguistic benefits, a higher self image may be the greatest benefit we can arm our children with today.
Those summer reading lists don't seem quite so bad now, do they? Cheers to finishing them up, friends!