The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll goDr. Seuss
Encouraging children to read helps in raising smart, resourceful, and intuitive adults. Kids love reading by default, but parents need to work to make sure that this love never disappears.
There have been a lot of studies done to help parents raise children who love to read and all of them point to the numerous benefits that come with reading and storytelling.
Children who read constantly are typically more mature, have higher IQs, and are more emotionally intelligent.
This is not even mentioning the increased vocabulary, the higher probability of leaning more towards STEM interests, and the boost in academic performance.
Benefits of Teaching to Love Reading
Children loving to read is obviously a good thing. However, just to highlight how big of an edge it gives to your child, it pays to get a little more specific.
To that end, take a look at the following major advantages that the love for reading can give your kid:
Reading requires focusing on the words, the characters, and everything being described in it for extended periods of time.
This then helps train your child’s ability to concentrate, which can be transferable to pretty much all other activities.
Books often contain different worlds, wildly diverging personalities, and new cultures both real and fictional. This serves to widen your child’s view of the world.
Even while sitting down and reading a book, your child can be exposed to experiences like new lands, new concepts, and adventures of the epic kind.
This can make him more open to trying out new things.
Growing up in a large household or environment can restrict your child’s ability to understand people and different perspectives.
Books can expose him to new ways of thinking, which can enrich his mind.
Depending on how advanced the books your child is reading might be, his store of words can keep growing.
This will then allow him to express his thoughts in imaginative and creative ways. It could also make him easier to understand for adults.
Increased Academic Performance
Thanks to the improvements in his cognitive functions and concentration, your child’s academic performance can also go up.
However, you should note that he may still need your assistance in this regard.
Reading alone might not be enough to help him achieve the performance he wants.
Stronger Emotional Intelligence
Finally, books are a great way to expose your child to some real and emotional situations without actually putting him through the wringer.
How to Nurture Children’s Love of Reading
One of the best gifts you can give a child is the love of reading.
Here are some tips to build your kid’s reading habits and inspire a love for reading that will last a lifetime.
Reading to Kids
One of the best ways to make sure that your child will continue to love reading books is to give him good memories of doing so.
Reading to him will do exactly this. On top of reading for him, though, it would be great if you let him read alongside you and then discuss the contents of the book.
Surrounding Kids with Books
Studies have constantly shown that simply surrounding children with books can give their IQs a boost.
Naturally, it helps if the books they are surrounded by are actually titles that they are interested in and they can read.
Visiting Libraries and Bookstores
There is simply something magical about visiting places where there are rows upon rows and shelves upon shelves of books.
Libraries are a good place to start and so are bookstores. So go ahead and bring your child to one of those. Book fairs are also excellent events to attend.
Different Kinds of Books
Children easily get bored if they are doing the same things over and over again, and this applies to reading too.
As such, it would help to change things up by giving your child different types of books to read or interact with. Picture books, art books, cookbooks, and puzzle books are good options.
Finally, reenacting your child’s favorite parts of a book will help keep him engaged with the activity.
It makes it seem like those scenes have come to life and he is actually included in the story.
Inspiring a love for reading starts with you.
Be a good reading role model for your kids.
Let them see you reading, and how much you enjoy it and they are much more likely to love reading as well.
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