Ten Benefits of Reading
1. Children who read often and over a long period of time, get better at it
After all, practice makes perfect in almost everything we do, and reading is no different.
2. Reading exercises our brain
Reading is a much more complex task for the human brain than watching TV, for example. Reading strengthens brain connections and builds NEW connections.
3. Reading improves concentration
Children have to sit still and quietly so that they can focus on the story when they are reading. If they read often, they will develop the skills to sit for longer periods.
4. Reading teaches children about the world around them
Through reading a variety of books children learn about people, places and events outside of their own experience.
5. Reading improves vocabulary and language skills
Children learn new words as they read. Subconsciously, they absorb information on how to structure sentences and how to use words and other language features effectively in their writing and speaking.
6. Reading develops a child's imagination
As we read our brains translate the descriptions we read of people, places and things into pictures. While we are engaged in a story, we are also imagining how a character is feeling. Young children then bring this knowledge into their everyday play.
7. Reading helps children to develop empathy
As children develop they begin to imagine how they would feel in that situation.
8. Reading is fun!
A book or an e-reader doesn't take up too much space and is light to carry, so you can take it anywhere so you can never be bored if you have a book in your bag!
9. Reading is a great way to spend time together
Reading together on the sofa, bedtime stories and visiting the library are just some ways of spending quality time together.
10. Children who read achieve better in school
Reading promotes achievement in all subjects, not just English. Children who are good readers tend to achieve better across the curriculum.