“No entertainment is so cheap as reading, or any pleasure so lasting.” (Montagu)
Reading, as we are aware, is a great source for knowledge. The importance of reading has increased even more, in today’s digitised world. However, as a teacher I feel that our children read less despite the fact that they have more access to reading content. They sit glued watching television, or play with smart phones and other devices. These devices are seemingly entertaining but children do not realize that the devices eat into their valuable time making them couch potatoes at a very young age. Another failing in this situation is that very few parents find time to read to their children. About 30-years ago bedtime stories would ignite imagination in children and give them the ability to be creative or resourceful.
Reading is possibly one of the most valuable and realistic activities that we can do. It is through reading that we discover new information and meaning in our lives. Reading makes our mind tranquil. For children, it is a means to reach out to the world of imagination and curiosity, while improving their thinking process. It is an essential component of their growth and future. When we teach children to read, we ensure that they can communicate well and explore a new world. Reading is also a wonderful exercise to the brain. After a stressful day, reading has the ability to calm us down, and dispense peace.
Apart from escalating qualities and senses, reading is an activity that reports information to their brains. Children improve their vocabulary and spelling from reading than hearing from us. Reading forces them to look at words that they may not have seen or heard. In fact, languages in children’s books are more structured than conversations. A large number of children who read are able to articulate better than others.
Another important and a well-researched fact is that – good readers tend to exhibit progressive social skills. A person who is widely read is likely to mix and engage in conversations with others. In addition, not everyone can travel the world, meet people and learn from experiences. Reading about places, about people and their experiences helps us understand and appreciate the place, people and their culture.
Reading books – stories or autobiographies or such – elevates children’s thought process. Unlike magazines, internet posts or e-mails that might contain small pieces of information, books can be descriptive and detailed to tell the whole story. Reading books therefore leads to increase in concentration levels, and the ability to think deeper.
Apart from the many positive effects of reading, one important aspect that can be developed in children is the potential evolution of a good Samaritan. This world, in these times, needs good Samaritans who empathize and stop by to help people.
As a school teacher, I urge parents and teachers alike, to encourage children to read at an early age. This is vital for their future. The habit of serious reading is on the decline for sometime now and we as school teachers can make a difference. We can set them on the path to freedom, freedom to imagine, freedom to be creative and innovative and free them from the daily stressful life that we have become used to, freedom to reach for the stars and freedom to know that the sky is the limit…
Let’s pave the way to our global citizens ushering them into a beautiful world… by presenting them “The World of Reading!!”