Benefits of early reading
In the case of children, reading is a habit that adults must help to incorporate. Reading helps to fuel the imagination and entertain children, and helps them develop their intellectual capacity.
Encouraging the habit of reading in children has many benefits for their development. Although many other tools allow us to “entertain” them today, teaching them to appreciate books will help them in their intellectual, social, and emotional formation.
Reading has multiple benefits for both adults and children, but reading can become an extremely important factor in children’s development at an early age.
Here are some of the benefits of incorporating the habit of reading at an early age.
As they grow older, children begin to explore language, at first by imitating adults and then at the beginning of school, through various activities, such as reading. This activity helps them establish associations and develop their reasoning skills.
As they learn to read, children not only discover new words and enrich their vocabulary, but they also begin to understand speech better. Therefore, it is extremely important to support the reading process and guide it properly, both in the classroom and at home, always proposing it as a leisure and fun activity, and not as an imposed task that must be accomplished.
Improves reading comprehension
Reading comprehension is an indispensable tool for every human being. Without it, the academic training process becomes difficult and longer. It is essential to work on it from home, with supplementary reading and related activities. It helps arouse curiosity about different topics, generate questions, try to answer them, process information, and understand things better.
A child who has been in the habit of reading from an early age will probably not have many difficulties when it comes to learning.
Reading contributes significantly to improving children’s expression, the more vocabulary they acquire, the better they can express themselves in their family, school, and social environment.
Decreases concentration problems
Reading frequently helps children develop their concentration. For example, in a story, through the characters and the plot, their interest is captured and, consequently, children are motivated to focus their attention on how the story will end.
Although it is normal that at first, when they are still very young, they are easily distracted. But the fact that little by little they manage to focus their attention on a text will save them, in the short and long term, many difficulties related to learning.
Helps develop your personality
Reading also helps develop children’s personalities. Through it, they discover what things they like and what they don’t, what they feel most identified with, what catches their attention, and many other aspects.
Exercises the brain
Reading is, in itself, an exercise for the brain. It allows connections to be made and memory and understanding improve. Even if the text does not have great complexity, the brain will be working.
In general, children who read from an early age tend to be more empathetic. This is because stories help them better understand emotions, and they also learn to put themselves in the other’s shoes.
Empathy can contribute positively to their adaptation to the social environment and to be much more tolerant in different situations.
How to encourage reading in children?
Contrary to popular belief, parents should not leave teaching alone to teachers. On the contrary, their interest in reading must be awakened from home from a very young age.
- Take some time to read to your children at home. Do it frequently, even if it’s just a little while.
- Set the example. It is difficult to pass on a habit that we do not have. Guys find out what we enjoy and what we don’t. If you find that we adults enjoy reading, we will probably arouse your curiosity.
- After a reading, encourage a short question session: What did the characters do? Which character did you like the most? What did you learn from that story?
- Try to offer them several readings, according to their age, but without limiting them. Offering a child only children’s readings could interfere with their evolution as a reader. Don’t underestimate them!