“When I come home tired from a long day at work, I turn on the TV instead of picking up a book to read. It’s easier.” Only if am not mistaken, I know many people will agree with me including students on this popular expression: “I’m not a reader”. As a result, students reading skills are declining…
From my own observation, quite number of people spend time on television and mobile phone than reading. I personally read to satisfy my curiosity or to increase my knowledge even if it’s out of my field. Reading that was known as source of fun has become work for most of us. Despite recent technology in the world, the reward of reading remains unchanged. Let me a share a little research I made about reading with you.
The Benefits of Reading
Reading develops verbal skills. reading requires and develops verbal skills, it is inseparably linked with speech and writing. Says one of my school English Teacher: “There is no question that your success as a student depends enormously on your vocabulary, both in what you can understand as you read and in how you reason as you write, and there is no way to build up a good vocabulary except by reading—there just is none.”
Reading promotes patience. Reading requires patience. “Sentences, paragraphs, and pages unfold slowly, in sequence, and according to a logic that is far from intuitive,” writes communications expert Neil Postman. At his own pace, the reader must interpret, evaluate, and reflect upon what is on the page. Reading is a complex decoding process that demands and develops patience.
Therefore, how can parents help their children to develop a desire to read?
How Parents Can Help
Dear parents, let’s not forget that education starts from the home. So, parents should start teaching their kids before they pass them to the Teacher. This is what parents can do:
Set the example. On the other hand, if your kids see you happily curled up with a good book, they’ll get the idea that you not only preach reading, you practice it as well.” Even better, some parents read aloud to their children. In doing so, they create a warm bond—something that is sadly lacking in many families today.
Start a library. “Have books around—lots of books,” recommends Dr. Theodore Isaac Rubin. “I remember reading them because they were there and because everyone else was reading them, too.” Children will read if books are readily available. The desire to read will be even greater if the books are part of their own personal library.
Make reading enjoyable. It has been said that if a child likes to read, half the battle of learning is won. So make reading a pleasurable experience for your child. How? First, set limits on television time; it will almost always win out over reading. Second, do not force reading. Make the materials and opportunities to read available, but let the child develop the desire.
Some parents begin reading to their children at an early age. This can be beneficial. Some experts say that by the age of three, a child understands most of the language he will use in ordinary adult conversation—even though he cannot yet fluently express these words. “Children begin to learn to understand language earlier and at a more rapid rate than they learn to use it orally,” says the book The First Three Years of Life.
Key point to remember, parents shouldn’t entrust all their kid’s education to the Teachers. Nowadays, parents have a key role to play concerning their child’s education.