Reading is considered to be a good quieting power, and an excellent habit to acquire as soon as possible. This is why it is instrumental you encourage your child to read frequently by taking them to the library weekly or making regular trips to the bookstore if your budget permits.
At our school, we have a daily “reading period" where students must read for 20 minutes a day. Some kids dive right in to their book (it's a fight to pull them away), but there are also a significant number of kids who can't read for the life of them. They'd rather stare off into space than focus on a book. In fact, the very thought of cracking open a book is a painful experience for them.
Reading forces you to sit still and concentrate on, well, reading! For a child, that can prove to be difficult until they learn to love reading. But until they reach that point (and many people never do), they scoff at the idea of reading. However, the more developed your child's reading skills, the better they'll navigate through life.
Let's look at some statistics released by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES):
- 30 million adults may not be able to make sense of a simple pamphlet
- Adults with ability to perform challenging and complex reading tasks made an average yearly salary of $50,700 in 2003. That is $28,000 more than those who lacked basic skills.
- 85 percent of all juveniles who interface with the juvenile court system are functionally illiterate
- 16 to 19 year old girls at the poverty level and below, with below average skills, are 6 times more likely to have out-of-wedlock children than their reading counterparts
- Low literary costs $73 million per year in terms of direct health care costs. A recent study by Pfizer put the cost much higher
This list could go on and on. If your child struggles with reading, it will have a damaging affect on their learning process in school (that's the best case scenario). The worst case scenario is they go down the wrong road and run into trouble.
But if your child reads frequently and becomes a stronger and stronger reader, they will reap many benefits of reading (concentration being a major benefit).
There are literally SO MANY benefits to reading! Let's list a few (even though I'm sure you're convinced already):
- Excel in academics
- Read better (face it. . . we can't avoid reading in our lives)
- Improved writing
- Expanded vocabulary
- Develop many interests
- Improved spelling
- Sharpens analytical skills
- Processing skills improved
- Improved communication skills
- Better preparation for college admissions exams
. . IMPROVED CONCENTRATION
These are just a few of the benefits. In a nutshell, your child simply cannot lose by reading often.
For example, the vocabulary enhancement alone is worth a bundle to your child's success. It will help them be a better writer, speaker, and communicator. It will help them excel in their classes and score high on college admissions exams.
A good way to reinforce the reading skills taught in school is to take your child to the library once a week and let them pick out a few books (the number depends on how much they can read in a week). Designate a certain amount of time daily for them to read. For children not in school yet, you can still get them started. Read with them daily. Most young children love a good book read by their parents.
Hope this gave you some ideas.
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