The Benefits of Reading
There are many benefits of reading, here are just some reasons why you should encourage your child to read everyday and most importantly of all, whenever you have the time, read to them and listen to them reading to you.
So, what are the benefits of reading, well here are a few.
- Language skills
- Knowledge of the world and other places
- Social skills
- Hand eye coordination
- Bonds between parents & their children
- Critical thinking skills
- Only 1 in 5 parents easily find the opportunity to read to their children
- Parents are the most important reading role models for children and young people
- 10-16 year olds who read for pleasure do better at school
- Reading for pleasure is more important for children's cognitive development than their parents' level of education
When you watch TV or see a film, you are looking at things that happened to other people. Pros fiction is something you build up from 26 letters...You alone, using your imagination, build a world
Neil Gaiman, author, The Guardian
Parents are by far the most important educators in a child's life and it's never too young for a child to start, even if you're only reading with your child for 5 minutes a day. Children who see adults reading, and enjoy reading, are much more likely to want to read themselves.
For these reasons alone, we all need to make a huge effort to ensure that all of our pupils have access to books and reading materials which excite and engage them to read. You can find on our school page Year group lists of recommended books to help you discover terrific books to share with your child.
All of our pupils are also members of the online library with personal passwords which allows them to access books that have been allocated by their classroom teachers.
Please take a moment to read the ‘Reading for Success’ documents, which can be found on our school page for further guidance and advice on reading at different stages of primary school life.They are full of good practical advice and activities which can help with the development of reading.