We’re always telling children that books and reading are good for them, but have we ever really thought about why that’s true? Exactly what do older children get out of reading novels? What do younger kids get from being read to? Does reading matter?
Picture books, story books with chapters, encyclopedias, specialty magazines, series books and collections: each of these helps children in myriad ways. From learning to read and understand basic language to becoming able to create something meaningful for themselves, children can benefit from books beginning at a very young age. Parents who want the best possible educational outcome for their children may want to take time to read to them and to assist them in choosing well from the wonderful world of books.
Books provide a great starting point for discussion, allowing you to ask questions, answer their questions and have fun, too. And remember that the same anxiety you might be experiencing as the move approaches, your child will also be feeling. It helps your child to know that someone else, such as Brother Bear, feels exactly like they do. Reading is an important skill that needs to be developed in children. Not only is it necessary for survival in the world of schools in Bangalore and (later on) universities, but in adult life as well. The ability to learn about new subjects and find helpful information on anything from health problems and consumer protection to more academic research into science or the arts depends on the ability to read.
The most obvious benefit from books for people of any age is gaining better abilities with language. No matter what culture or language children are born into, books expose them to sounds, forming words and putting together sentences, all of which help in general communication. Most humans communicate primarily through spoken and written language, and being able to read is, for many people, vital to having a full-life experience. Reading also helps with hearing and with learning to listen. Books can help sharpen the aural and visual senses, and can lead to developing the other senses as well, simply by providing activity for the brain. Reading and writing go hand-in-hand.
Books help children understand their world. From places, weather and animals to cultures and current events, books help children establish their identity and discover how they fit into the larger world. Books give them awareness, broaden their experience, widen their frame of reference, expand their minds and even give them an appreciation of family history and origins.