Why Reading Is Important For Children?
"So please, oh PLEASE, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away.
And in its place you can install a lovely bookshelf on the wall."
Children learn to love the sound of language before they even notice the existence of printed words on a page and reading books aloud to children stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of the world. It helps them develop language and listening skills and prepares them to understand the written word.
Reading on their own, whether aloud or not, is important because it develops the mind. Understanding the written word is one way the mind grows in its ability. Teaching young children to read helps them develop their language skills. It also helps them learn to listen.
The first grade’s major goal is to master reading so, alongside everything else we do, this week we started our PYP1's Reader Bookworm Project. The goal is to read two little readers in a week!
Apart from the regular weekly visits to the school library where the children can borrow books, every Friday they get the class readers, depending on their current reading level. The words in these special books called readers are simple, repetitive, and easy to decode, yet the story hopefully grabs the little reader’s attention.
We teach our children from the early age to keep our books safe and to respect them. We also teach them not to judge books by their covers, to make clever comments, to choose their books wisely, to feel free not to like certain books, but to still be able to say why they don't, to recommend a book to their friends etc.
The students are supervised by three English teachers and each one of us has walked our students through this project. The pride they feel once they realize the number of books they have read throughout the year is why this project matters even more.
And remember. It does not take more than 1 minute to read each little reader, level B or C. A minute a day keeps all the reading problems away :)
Wise (wo)men on reading:
"When I say to a parent, "read to a child", I don't want it to sound like medicine. I want it to sound like chocolate." Mem Fox
"Children are made readers on the laps of their parents." Emilie Buchwald
"I'm wondering what to read next." Matilda, Roald Dahl
"You may have tangible wealth untold. Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold. Richer than I you can never be — I had a mother who read to me." Strickland Gillilan
"I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library." Jorge Luis Borges
"Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few are to be chewed and digested.“ Francis Bacon
“We read to know we’re not alone.” C.S. Lewis
"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." Groucho Marx