The Basics of Reading - Why Reading Skills are Important?
By Andrew Loh
Reading is a critically important skill that parents must develop in
their children. Not only is it essential for survival in the big
world, full of competition, but it is also important in classes and
schools as well. The innate ability to learn and master new
subjects, topics and lessons is an important key to success in life.
Almost all children learn to speak and walk by natural instinct and
urge. However, reading is an entirely different issue that you must
pay your close attention. All parents must teach their children how
to read because it is not an ability that comes naturally to
children; parents need to import this skill and teach the technique
of reading to their children. However, most parents are not
concentrating on this important skill due to a number of unknown
According to recent surveys, almost 40% of children fail to read at
the basic level. Certainly, not all these children are lazy or
stupid! Something must be preventing them how to read and
understand. In fact, it is very easy to teach your children how to
read and understand stories and lessons with ease. In essence,
reading is a multi-faceted and multi-dimensional process that
involves issues like recognition of words, comprehending meaning,
reading text with fluency and developing an urge to read books.
Reading is actually making a clear meaning from available print. To
be able to read, your children must be proficient in a number of
Detect and identify all words and syllables that are in text or
print. This process is the recognition of words.
Construct and design clear understanding or meaning from these words
and syllables. This process is called word comprehension.
Coordinate and streamline identification of words and derive a
meaning, so that the process of reading becomes automatic and
precise. This process is called fluency.
At times, children may understand and make meaning from the printed
material with being able to identify all the words. This could be
true, when they see an image and make meaning out of it. However,
most printed materials will have words and syllables in them and
your child must read and understand them to master the art of
reading. Reading is an art that can bring a number of positive
results both to you and to your children. When your children read
well, everyone becomes a winner in your home. Reading is fun and
thrill, as it provides a way to enjoy the world that is full of
excitement and adventure.
Now, the big question is when your children should start reading.
The decision to teach your children how to read depends entirely on
you and the actual need. However, the process should start when your
children are in their kindergarten level, because now their minds
will be open and receptive to everything that requires learning by
Reading to pre-schooners is actually very easy, because reading is a
way of talking to your babies. Talking to your baby will help
quicken brain development and create a mutually accommodative
association between you and the baby. Talking to your small toddler
is a novel way to introduce them to the world of reading at a later
stage. On the other hand, teaching reading to older children, aged
two years, is a method to expand their world of knowledge and
experience. Learning how to read offers your children a number of
beneficial advantages. Some of these advantages are:
Enriching lives: Reading can help open new world of
possibilities to your children. It can also enrich your children
with precious and rare skills and knowledge. Reading can help your
children open doors to precise and factual information about any
topic or issues, both practical and theoretical. Reading could also
be very magical and thrilling because, readers will add immense
knowledge to their life.
Enhancing social skills: Reading could be a socializing
activity. When you read out stories to your children, you are
actually interacting with them with intense conversation and
dialogues. These close moments could be very precious social
activities to your children. In schools, when children read together
in a library, they can learn to stay close together and lead a life
full of personal experiences. Reading together in a library will
provide a shared positive life experience.
Enhance hand-eye coordination: When children read storybooks,
they move their fingers on the text lines that provide them an
opportunity to master motor skills. Roving eyes and head movements
also add to the fine-tuning of hand-eye coordination.
Enhancing cherished values of life: Reading is a
sophisticated art that can bring to your children highly cherished
values of life. Reading enhances your children's intrinsic values of
tradition and culture. A good reader is knowledgeable, wise and
Reading is an extra life skill that can enhance the overall value of
your children's life. Parents must ensure that they teach their
children how to read, understand, and make them ready to face their
future with an affirmed mind. Continue to read
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