Almost all of us have seen or heard the quote,
A house without books is like a house without windows.”
And it can also be agreed on, that reading is in-fact one of the most fruitful and productive activities to adopt.
Enjoying books and reading stories from a very early age is crucial in the development of children. It helps with their ability to understand words, use their imagination and develop their speech, as well as being something they really enjoy.
Basically, what it does is, the interest developed in a small child to read creates the desire to continue to learn and gain knowledge. The more the child learns and explores the more it polishes their brain and enhances their agility, vocabulary, speaking and writing skill, knowledge, intelligence and understanding. In other words, it’s like a pre-planning, a preparatory step for giving the child the readiness and excitement to constantly learn and new things.
Teachers and parents play a huge part in the development of reading skills in young children. The more children experience books the more they will gain the interest and passion for them. Reading offers so much more than just quiet time in a cozy corner. It helps to develop spelling, listening, writing, literacy and social skills.
Young children need to be able to experience books; they need to be able to understand and enjoy stories, books, rhymes and songs and listen and respond to them with curiosity and enjoyment.
Children develop more rapidly during the first five years of their lives than at any other time. That’s why they are called the foundation years – the building blocks for life!
And it doesn’t just have to be information books, it can be anything from reading a children’s magazine to reading short and easy story books.
So if a child is guided with the right information since an early age and taught to spend their spare time productively, they can go very far!