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Benefits of encouraging children to read

• During the early years children are like sponges absorbing information at lightning speed.
  So it is vitally important that children are read aloud to at this time. They develop good
  listening skills and are more articulate and have fewer speech difficulties.

• Kids who are exposed to reading from an early age are more likely to achieve academic
  success later in life. Readers become successful and confident writers later on. A child
  encouraged to question, and queries the motives of a character or an author, begins
  his first steps towards independent thought and opinion. These comprehension skills will
  greatly benefit the child when formal schooling begins.

• Children who love reading have many interests and do well in a wide variety of subjects.
  They also develop an ability to understand how other people think and feel.

• Readers fair much better at processing new information and have a better chance for a
  successful and fulfilling adult life.

• Reading Can Enhance Children's Social Skills Although reading is thought of as a solitary
  activity, in certain circumstances reading can be a socialising activity. For example,
  a parent or grandparent reading a story aloud can be a great opportunity for adult and
  child to share some quiet, relaxed quality time together away from the rush and
  stresses of daily living.

• Being able to read and converse is empowering. When parents read to their kids and
  encourage them to read, they are laying the foundation for their future development
  and this becomes the stepping stone to success.

Top tips to encourage the young reader

• Make story time a fun experience. Read silly and funny stories or fantasy stories that
  stir the imagination. A giggle about a story always leaves them wanting to hear more
  even if it's the same story over and over.

• Read to your child from different genres e.g. classical, poetry, information, science
  fiction, mystery, and dictionary. This increases their vocabulary and creates interest.

• Even reading the dictionary can be fun. For older kids choose a word then make
  a sentence using that word, make rhyming words, invent a new word or make silly
  words using that word.

• Talk about the characters in the story e.g. did they like the story, can they identify
  with the characters, what was their favourite part. During the story stop and ask
  the child to make a prediction of what happens next and why. This stirs the
  imagination and encourages the child to offer his thoughts and opinions.

• Fill your child's room with books. Kids who grow up surrounded by books learn
  to think of them as friends and allies in their pursuit of reading, learning, and
  wonderful new adventures.

• Be a good reading "role model" for your children or grandchildren. Let them see you
  reading on a regular basis, and how much you enjoy reading books and magazines.

• Make sure your child or grandchild has a library card. Libraries are wonderful
  resources for reading and learning. Show your children how libraries can be places
  of wonder and excitement, and can open up new worlds of learning that will last
  a lifetime.

• Start reading to your child the first day he or she is born. It doesn't matter that
  your baby won't understand a thing you are saying. The point is to have your child
  get used to the rhythmic sound of your reading voice. Make it a daily routine and
  soon your baby will come to learn that reading books is a "feel good" time.

The more you read the more things you will know. The more that you learn the more
places you'll go". - Dr. Seuss, "I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!"

Courtesy Super Reader