Reading habits have a profound impact on the academic achievements of children. Research has shown that reading for pleasure also helps to improve a child’s maths scores.
While it is clear that reading helps to improve vocabularies, it also improves a child’s ability to take on new information, ideas and new concepts. Reading helps to increase concentration (or attention span). These skill sets are critical as one looks at building a strong mathematical foundation for children.
When a child struggles to solve a math word problem, poor reading abilities are often the cause. It is likely that strong reading abilities will enable children to absorb and understand new information and better their attainment in all subjects.
We need to make sure that children have a balanced reading habit that includes all genres. While parents may prefer their children to read non-fiction works aimed to enhance their general knowledge, it is equally important to understand that fiction also plays a major role in expanding imagination and opening up doors to other worlds. When children pick up a novel or a short story, they are able to experience lives other than their own through the characters in the book which helps to develop empathy and improves capacity to understand the thoughts and feelings of others.
We should encourage children, specially in today’s digital world, to take time out and read books. In a nutshell, reading will :
- Stimulate the brain.
- Improve concentration
- Improve vocabulary and language skills
- Enhance knowledge about the world, history, culture, science etc.
- Develop imagination
- Develop empathy
- Can be fun and enjoyment