Reading for me has always been a passionate pursuit since I was a child. I still have fond memories of sitting in my mom’s room going through her stacks of novels to find something new and exciting to read. I think it’s from her most of all that I got my love of reading. From my dad, I learned how to make reading a search for skill. To learn how things work, help them work better, or what skills may be needed for a task. Parents are essential in developing a life long habit of reading for pleasure in a variety of ways.
It’s something that we at Writing Elite feel is an important, but overlooked aspect of reading within the family. Sharing the pleasure of reading should be a daily thing amongst members of the family. There’s no greater gift shared between family members than that love that springs up from discussing a favorite book, character or story. Yet the sad fact is more and more people read less. Which can have a big effect on shared reading within the family by limiting the quality time members of the family have with one another apart from screen time. It’s interesting to note that the American Academy of Pediatrics encourages parents to start reading to their children in infancy. Not only does it work to promote literacy but it also improves their relationships with their kids. Reading together helps parents and kids connect and build strong bonds.
The One Activity That Opens Up Your Mind!
Apart from the obvious benefits that come with reading often, such as improving your vocabulary, mental exercise, and educational benefits; reading also opens your mind up to the imagination you may have forgotten you had (yes, parents; we are speaking to you!). When was the last time you went on an adventure? Solved a crime, or saved someone from impending doom?
Reading for pleasure does amazing things for your mind. It not only feeds your brain which loves to process information from various sources but also allows it to experience different sights, sounds, tastes, and textures without them having to actually be present. Also, moderate and frequent readers are by far more opinionated in what they read, while infrequent readers are more likely to say they look for no kinds of books, in particular, that just has to be a good story. After age eight we see kids being more likely to want books that inspire them to do something good, understand other people’s lives and learn about topics unfamiliar to them.
We believe that developing a love for reading has benefits for every adult and child, yet there are some that will have a difficult time learning and enjoying reading. We’ve found this delightful ebook that will encourage children with dyslexia that their struggles will get easier over time, and provides a great resource for parents and educators.