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Importance of Reading

Anand Gopan Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Importance of Reading

Learning to read is an important skill every child must develop to be successful in school. These days instead of reading books, many children spend their time playing computer game or browsing the Internet. Parents have a major role to play. They must allot a fixed time for their kids and share with them for reading together.

Parents always tell us children that reading the books are good for us but have we ever really thought about why that's true?

By force of parents I started reading. From the beginning I had no interest in reading but they spent a fixed time daily either father or mother for reading together with me. Gradually reading became a passion or habit of me.

From my experience when parents read aloud to children, the children also hear correct pronunciation, proper grammar, as they see the words on the page, even if they can't yet read the words on their own. It also helps children express themselves verbally.

I have a vast collection of different types books as gift from my parents on several occasions. Now I realized the use of reading.

Starting to read through picture books develops a young child's appreciation for the arts through exposure to many different styles of art and illustrations.

Reading is an important skill that needs to be developed in children. The ability to learn about new subjects and find helpful information on anything like academic research into science, or the arts depends on the ability to read.

Reading, by way of books or magazines, exposes kids to new vocabulary. Even when they don't understand every new word, they absorb something from the context that may deepen their understanding of it the next time the word is encountered.

Although reading is thought of as the essential solitary activity, in certain circumstances reading can be a socializing activity. For example, a parent or grandparent reading a story aloud, whether from a traditional printed book or from an e-book, can be a great opportunity for adult and child to share some quiet, relaxed quality time together away from the rush and stresses of the business of daily living. They share a few minutes of precious time, plus they share the ideas that are contained in the story. In addition, older children can be encouraged to read aloud to younger ones as a means of enhancing their relationship.

At school or at a library story hour, books can bring children together and can be part of a positive shared experience. For some preschoolers this may be their primary opportunity to socialize and to learn how to behave around other children or how to sit quietly for a group activity. Make the most of this experience by encouraging children to talk about what they have read or heard.

There are so many ways in which reading continues to be both a vital skill for children to master, and an important source of knowledge and pleasure that can last a lifetime.

Anand Gopan
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