“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Wise words from 'I Can Read with my Eyes Shut!' by Dr Seuss
Children who love reading are also much more likely to choose books over video games or TV as they grow older. The Time Tokens team love World Book Day for reminding us how important books are and how nurturing a love for reading at a young age can have such a positive impact on your child’s life.
Here are 5 great reasons why:-
- Enhanced mental processing skills : Reading helps develop a child’s imagination and creativity, it can also help them to dream – and we all know important dreams are. Regular reading also encourages logical thinking and problem solving skills.
- Better communication skills: As well as the interaction you have with your child during their reading time, they are developing useful communication skills through the observations and exchanges between characters in the books they read. If you can spare the time, it’s also a great chance to spend quality time together and bond with your child. I have loads of fond memories of my grandmother reading The Famous Five to me as a child, I loved that cosy feeling and quiet time we spent together.
- Smarter children: The more a child reads, the more a child learns. The more a child learns, the more they understand. The more a child knows, the more intelligent they are – bingo!
- Reduces Stress: When you’re reading, you generally sit in a quiet place, relax your mind, and focus on whatever it is that you are reading. Your brain slows down, and you’re normally calm. This comfortable state is not dissimilar to meditating, and through reading, your child will benefit from the habit of relaxation.
- Discipline and increased concentration: Along with reading comprehension comes a stronger self-discipline, a longer attention span, and better memory retention. These traits will serve your child well while learning at school.
However good reading habits are not always easy to encourage. It takes on average just 8 seconds for a child to decide if they’re going to invest time in reading a book. Studies show that around one in three children doesn’t enjoy reading and it’s not just the boys.
5 Tops Tips to getting your child to read
- Make books available and accessible: Children who become readers generally come from homes where books and other reading materials are around the house. Be sure to keep plenty of books where they’re not difficult to get to. Your child should be able to access their favourite books whenever they want.
- Set an example: Children often copy our behaviour, so if you happen to love reading, be sure to read books regularly while your child is in the same room. If your child sees you love reading, they will be more inclined to develop the same habits.
- Go to the library regularly:Take your child to the library as much as possible; let them get excited about choosing their very own books. Have to admit I haven’t done this for a while, but it’s always a big hit when we do. Find your nearest library here.
- Buy personalised books: Get your child a personalised book of their very own. In addition to being an effective way to support reading, these sorts of books boost self-esteem. The books are also fantastic keepsakes that your child will get to treasure for a very long time. We love Lost My Name for magical stories.
- Make reading fun: Make narrative time gratifying, act out stories, read with excitement, and use distinct voices. A dreary reader makes for a dull story time, no matter how exciting the story may really be.
And to finish, it’s cheesy but one of my favourite quotes from Winne the Pooh "You're braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."