The chief aim of language is the communication of ideas. This aim is achieved in two basic ways each involving a pair of processes: speaking/listening, reading/writing. We all have had our teachers explain to us why reading is so important. Reading provides numerous advantages like improving your vocabulary and language skills. Inculcating a healthy reading habit in a child makes the cognitive function more effective. Reading for a few minutes every day provides much-needed exercise for the brain, which is like a muscle itself, to ensure its healthy functioning. In this age of instant gratification, when the patience and attention span of people is depreciating with each passing day, it is all the more important to inculcate a healthy reading habit in one’s routine. Reading is crucial for children in their formative years. It can be challenging initially to get the kids hooked on books. But you know what, reading doesn’t have to be from a paperback. Children today are digital natives, who prefer the use of technology in everything. From learning their first jingle to studying full time on teaching apps, most of their life’s moments have involved smartphones in some or another way. They can very well do their reading online or in a pdf format; as long as they do it regularly, it won’t be any less rewarding than reading from a book. Since the pandemic, education has rapidly shifted from classrooms to teaching app.
Many platforms for online teaching through mobile also provide good reading material for students along with online classes.
To say that books are our best friends would not be an overstatement. You can blindly rely on books when you are feeling bored, exhausted, unsettled, sad, lonely, or annoyed just like a good friend. Books can accompany you anywhere and they are dependable to enhance your mood whatever be the situation. Reading also provides you with useful information, knowledge, general awareness that you need to have in order to become a well-rounded individual. Now, we discuss some of the numerous known benefits that reading provides and how it affects the academic achievements of students….
Develops Impeccable Communication Skills-
This one is a no-brainer. Your communication skills improve by leaps and bounds once you start reading on a regular basis. Voracious readers almost invariably have a great vocabulary coupled with excellent communication skills. For students, communication skills are crucial not just in getting their point across effectively, but it will also be helpful for them in understanding their lessons thoroughly which eventually will lead to better performance on assessment tests. Communication skills are indicators of how successful a person becomes in his career.
Knowledge is power. Upon a little reflection, it becomes clear that a large proportion of our knowledge base has been accumulated through reading. Thus, to improve their knowledge the easiest way is to instill a healthy reading habit in your children’s routine so that they become well-informed.
Helps in Self-improvement-
Good books guide us towards appropriate path in our life. Each paragraph written in a good book is the result of deep introspection and the focused, thought-provoking imagination of the author. They persuade readers to stop and reflect about things, which is what self-improvement is all about.
Provides Pleasure & Reduces Stress-
We are living in an increasingly complex world with no reverse button insight. Simple acts like reading help us to forget all our woes and relax all the while providing a sense of deep pleasure to our brain cells. We should encourage kids to read for pleasure even if the material isn’t something very knowledge-inducing or related to their course, because that’s what makes them fall in love with reading.
Develops logical and analytical skills-
Good books enable readers to develop good analytical skills which are invariably an integral skill for a student to have. Great analytical skills mean better performance in tests. Thus, reading is highly effective in improving student learning outcomes.
Nowadays, many great reading platforms are available which provide e-books at nominal subscription prices. Also, millions of e-books are available across the internet for absolutely free. We must inculcate healthy reading habits in our students so that they grow up to be well-rounded individuals and an asset to the country.