The Importance Of Reading Skills & Why Reading Is Important?

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When around the age of 9 or 10 the teacher expresses the concern to the student’s parents that the child is unable to read basic comprehensions, parents are taken aback. Generally, the parent’s reaction is, “They are still so small, given them some time. Gradually they will learn to read and write.” But this is not how it should be. If the teacher shows concern about the reading skills there is some due cause behind it.

According to the experts, by the age of 7-8, the child should be able to read basic sentences, short paragraphs and comprehension. Reading skills are not just important for academic growth and success but for overall growth in life. Only school education might not be enough. Most of the parents also prefer enrolling their children in after school programs and or probably work on a few extra English lessons for kids.

Importance of Reading Skills In Early Childhood Education

Reading skills in early childhood education enhances the child’s capabilities as a reader as well as a writer. Among many others, some of the benefits of reading are:

  • It expands the world of imagination and creativity.
  • It builds knowledge
  • It improves the vocabulary and conversation skills
  • It helps in conveying the message effectively
  • Reading skills builds confidence
  • It also improves concentration and helps in reducing stress.

Despite all the benefits, not much importance is given to reading skills in the early years of a child. Below are a few more importance of reading skills and why reading is important.

1.     Serves as a Building Block:

Reading serves as a building block, essentially for everything in life. Whether in academics or otherwise, there is not much you can do if you cannot read. Reading also improves your vocabulary, gives you the confidence to write better and also see life in a creative and imaginative way.

2.     Improves Brain Functioning:

According to the experts, the more you read, the sharper and active your mind becomes. When you read, your mind is actively working in visualising what you are reading. This not just enhances creativity but also builds decision making skills. You learn to differentiate between what is right and wrong or what is real and fictional.

3.     Improves Concentration:

Reading improves the concentration skills of the brain. Since reading requires focus, when done regularly, it develops the habit of sitting quietly and concentrating on the task at hand – reading for a longer period of time.

4.     Strengthens Analytical Skills:

Books, fictional or not, generally have a storyline that shows an issue or problem and comes up with a solution for it. Reading such books strengthens the analytical skills of the child. They learn to identify the problem, sort out possible reasons, what is right and wrong and finally suggest solutions.

5.     Builds Self-Confidence and Independence:

While reading, you travel into the world of imagination away from the daily life stress. It instils a sense of self confidence and independence. According to the experts, non-readers often tend to have low self-esteem and low opinions about themselves. Non-readers also face the issues of feeling isolated and as if the entire world is against them.

6.     Reading Reduces Depression:

Gone are the times when only adults suffered from depression. These days even children fall prey to this. And according to experts, reading is one of the best ways to reduce depression. It has been scientifically proven that reading helps in reducing stress, lowering heart rate and controlling blood pressure.

7.     Strengthens Writing Ability:

Reading improves your vocabulary and this in turn also improves your writing skills. Regular reading also keeps the children inspired and positive. It helps them to express their thoughts more clearly, both verbally and in writing. Developing reading skills also helps in understanding the perspectives from all views and reaching a conclusion that is right.

For some, the love for reading comes naturally while for others, this habit needs to be developed. If as a parent or an educator, you are facing a hard time convincing your child to read, you can start by reading to them. Read to your child, once the kid starts getting interested in reading, they will start doing it themselves.

We at Kumon understand the importance of developing reading skills and therefore have personalised reading programs, crafted as per the capabilities and potential of each child. We offer specific after school programs and customised English lessons for kids. Kumon believes in not just educating, but grooming the kids to become confident individuals. To know more about the Kumon Method of learning and teaching, attend our free orientation program.