Why Should Children Read?
Top 20 Reasons Why Kids Should Read Books More
We all know that reading is one of the most important fundamental skills children (or anyone) must master to succeed - to succeed in school and to succeed in life. Almost everything we do involves reading of some form, and it is undoubtedly one of the best practices to stimulate intellectual development in kids.
Video: 3 year old child reading a story book.
For parents looking for reasons of why children should read, we've compiled a list below, in no particular order.
- Reading expands a child's vocabulary.
- The act of reading works as an exercise to improve reading fluency and comprehension.
- You can't comprehend what you can't read.
- Early reading skills directly relates to a child's future academic success.
- The more you read, the better you are at it. This is a simple fact.
- This is described by the Matthew Effect of reading where early success in reading leads to increased success later on, and conversely, children who are poor readers will have difficulty catching up, and some never do.
- Reading early helps build independence and self confidence.
- It opens up a whole new world of understanding and comprehension of the world around the child when the child is able to read.
- It helps children make more sense of the world around them.
- For safety! Early reading allows children to read and understand important labels and warning signs - such as "poison", "stop", "beware of dogs", "danger", and so on...
- It increases your knowledge. The more your read, the more you know.
- It takes you to places you've never been to before, and it enhances your imagination.
- You learn about things, places, history, science, ideas, and so much more that you otherwise would not through reading.
- Reading is a form of entertainment! It is fun! Would you rather sit your child in front of the idiot box or have your child read a fulfilling book? Rhetorical question...
- Reading makes your child smarter, literally! That's a fact stated by researchers Cunningham and Stannovich in their report titled What Reading Does for the Mind. In their research, they also stated that reading not only increases your intelligence, it can even "help children compensate for modest levels of cognitive ability."
- Reading to and with your children is one of the most rewarding bonding times for a family.
- Reading helps you relax, and it is free!
- Reading more helps you improve your writing skills.
- It teaches you about grammar, sentence structures, and enhances your communication skills.
- Books broaden your outlook and your horizons.