THE IMPORTANCE OF READING IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF BOYS AND GIRLS
The books are a mainstay in the cognitive and emotional development of the smallest. Embarking on reading from childhood provides delight and pleasure and brings a magnificent cultural, scientific, and literary heritage. It is a most effective transport that brings us closer to new and interesting worlds.
Reading is a wonderful interactive process in which an important relationship is established between the text and the reader that contributes to the development of the cognitive areas of the brain and emotional development. The importance of acquiring this habit from an early age is based on its benefits when it comes to studying, acquiring knowledge, and the possibility for children to experience sensations and feelings with which they enjoy, mature and learn, laugh and dream.
The problem is that today digitization has negatively influenced reading on many occasions, not only for children. It is often common to see children entertaining themselves with tablets or smartphones from a very young age, even before they learn to read or write. Regardless of the convenience or not of this habit, it is important to take advantage of this stage in which they are eager to receive information to awaken that innate curiosity by reading a book. For example, reading it to them.
Reading in the development of children: Main benefits
So what are the benefits of reading from childhood? The first, and most obvious, is to encourage children to be good readers in the future.
In all ages, reading is a vehicle of communication that implies a series of advantages in the development of the minor, even before they learn to speak, reading can be presented through drawings and illustrations.
Enjoying a book from a young age favors the learning of words – complex and non-complex- more quickly, improves their comprehension, spelling, expression, writing, exercises their brain, and greatly stimulates their creativity and imagination. This allows them to read aloud with greater confidence and to do well in school.
Likewise, if a child enters the adventures that a book provides, it undoubtedly increases attention, memory, and concentration, acquiring the ability to listen and understand what is said more effectively.
In addition, it is clear that reading allows you to let your imagination fly, transport your child to new worlds, evolvingly climbing in a creative capacity, making him, at the same time, more aware of his own emotions and improving empathy towards others.
When children read well, they increase their active learning, and a fairly great potential arises in the future of their development, achieving that their autonomy and their involvement in their own learning process are promoted.
Reading encourages them to be interested in different areas, such as nature, history, or art, helping them discover their vocation early.