Reading has so many benefits that could not be counted. When I was in grade 4 I read a quote on my school board which was written by our teacher. He used to write one quote daily to motivate the students. While entering the school we used to take a glimpse of it. I hardly remember other quotes but one quote which captivated my mind was: “Today a reader, tomorrow a leader” – Margaret Fuller. This quote had such an impression on my mind that it made me a reader and consequently a writer too! Parents need to inculcate the habit of reading in kids at an early age. It will remain with them for their lifetime. Reading habit will lead your kids towards success. It is never too early to read to a baby. I used to read during my pregnancy too! Reading to your baby before bedtime does not only develop bond but also boosts their cognitive faculties and in no time it will become a habit.
Developing the habit of reading in children is one thing a lot of parents struggle with. Unlike playing which comes naturally, children have to learn how to read and they can only do this through the guidance of parents or anyone in a teaching capacity such as grandparents, uncles, aunties etc. Some parents find this to be an enormous task that requires much effort to overcome. This ends up stressing parents when they do not seem to make progress in that regard. This does not have to be the case for you as a parent. There are several things that a parent can do to get their children to develop the habit of reading.
Were you ever in the spelling bee in elementary school? I remember one time back in early elementary when I was and some of those words I had to study seemed insane… I could not fathom how I would ever remember how to spell “handkerchief” since it had a silent letter in it. And I really hated those words that had double letters but you could never remember which letters and how many were doubled, like in “accommodate.” Of course, I have since learned how to spell most of the words that used to seem so daunting. But, somebody had to teach me.
In the recent years, there has been an increase in “educational” games hitting the video gaming industry. Games that are being promoted as providing kids with educational value, such as improving their problem-solving or literacy skills. Minecraft being a key example. But, have video games always been educational and can videos games improve literacy skills?
Does your child love reading? While there are many children that to do love reading, there are still some reluctant readers out there. Children who hate the idea of picking up a book or see reading as a chore. This makes it really difficult for parents to help their child to get up their reading level. Now we all know that reading is an essential part of life, beginning at school and taking you through your life and career. But how do we convince kids that reading is important?