Why Reading Is So Important To Your Childs Growth

By on May 5, 2015
Why Reading Is So Important To Your Childs Growth

Parents who read stories to their children every night are giving them a priceless gift. They are teaching their children to love reading, opening worlds of excitement, adventure and knowledge. Reading is the most important part of your child's education. Without being able to read proficiently, your child will be unable to work math problems, learn history, another language, science, anything. Reading is the cornerstone on which everything else is based.

Yet many children are not interested in reading today. They missed out on being read to by their parents. Television and computer games took the place of the book. The children who come from those homes enter school unprepared in comparison to those who listened to their parents reading aloud. The reading aloud kids have a better and broader concept of the world than do their less privileged classmates. That achievement gap does not narrow as the children get older. It widens, so that in fourth grade nearly 40% of students are unable to read age appropriate books.

These children don't read for pleasure at all, because they have not achieved the level of competence to make the pastime fun. It's work to them. And they will never gain that competency without reading.

The percentages of children who cannot read well are higher in lower income families, in families with only one parent and in minority families, but many middle class parents are so busy that they skip reading aloud.

In order to do well in school, a child needs to be able to read well. Everything except physical education is based on the ability to read. They find themselves doing poorly and their self image suffers. When they graduate from high school, their education is insufficient to get them a good job. Either they accept a low paying job or they find themselves unemployed. Again their self esteem suffers. They are more likely to engage in antisocial behavior than their classmates with better reading skills.

But the worst part is what these children miss out on. They are not stimulated to learn. Their imaginations are stunted in comparison with children who read. They will not write poetry or songs. They won't build starships or write great novels. Their chances at a good life are poor. And they won't read stories to their own children.

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