Reading is a fantastic way to calm the mind and seeing as our little ones can at times be extremely active, it is particularly important to cultivate the early habit of reading.
Sitting down with your children and their favorite books forces them to slow down and relax. Hugely beneficial for their cognitive development, reading aloud will help develop their ability to think, understand, remember, problem solve and make decisions. These aspects are all key to the development of the brain and rest assured that as they stop you halfway through a page to ask questions, it is because you’ve now activated their thought process and successfully stimulated their imagination.
And surely we wonder, why is reading so important?
1| Reading creates precious memories or a lifetime.
When reading for children, they save memories of being loved and secured. This will help them associate reading with the soothing voice of a loving parent and encourage them to keep on reading.
2| It develops their language skills
Reading helps develop children’s ability to understand language and it’s building blocks, preparing them for their upcoming school years. We suggest reading a variety of books to your children, alternating between facts and fiction to keep them curious and interested.
Enforce this more through getting special books for language development
3| They get smarter with each book
Exploring new stories, plot twists, and characters keeps your child’s mind busy analysing and predicting events. Reading is the perfect mental exercise for your children’s brains. It also teaches them to think outside the box, along with critical thinking, problem solving, and concentration.
4| It broadens their minds
Books tell stories from all over the world. Each book tells a story from a different place and time. This helps our children understand that there is more to life than where they are. It also encourages them to go out and explore things and be successful.
5| Reading builds good traits
Most readers, especially children, tend to have good traits and habits. All stories and books have morals behind them. Whether to dream big, respect others, work hard, or to treat others well – books teach children these good morals through characters that children love and mirror.
You can learn more on how to encourage children to read here.
Have you seen our selection of books at Mumzworld.com? We’d like to think that we offer something for all ages, in English Arabic and French. We also recommend donating previously loved books to the less fortunate ones within your community.