Practice makes perfect.
Children who read often, get better at it. Practice hones our skills, whatever they may be; and reading is no different. The more you read, the better you become.
Reading exercises our brain.
It strengthens brain connections and builds NEW connections.
Reading improves concentration.
Reading requires focus. Children have to sit and concentrate on the words and the story.
Reading improves vocabulary and language skills.
As they are reading they are subconsciously learning different styles of writing, how to structure sentences, and how to use words in correct context. They are learning new words and how to spell them.
Reading teaches children about the world around them.
When children read they glimpse different perspectives and learn about events outside of their own experiences. They gain a wider knowledge about people and places.
Reading develops imagination.
When we are engaged in a story we imagine how a character is feeling. As we read our brains translate the descriptions of people, places and things into pictures. Young children then bring this knowledge into their everyday play experiences.
Reading helps children develop empathy.
Children learn to empathise with the characters in the story. They learn to look at others with a different perspective when reading a story.
Reading is a great relaxation tool.
By encouraging children to read before bedtime, it creates routine and is a great relaxation aid.
Reading creates bonding moments with your child.
Reading with your child is a great way to spend time together. Cuddling up on the couch or snuggled up at bedtime reading a story together creates meaningful bonding moments with your child.
Children who read achieve better in school.
Children who are good readers tend to achieve better across the whole school curriculum.