Picking a book, sitting down and reading seems like a simple task but, with kids, lately it has increasingly been losing ground to digital and virtual gadgets, like game consoles, computers, films, and smartphones. Reading a classic by Roald Dahl or reading the magical world of JK Rowling and Harry Potter is definitely a gateway to fantasy, which can have many advantages for children. However, if the habit of reading is not encouraged from early childhood at home, kids tend to have their first contact with reading at primary school. This can be advantageous for some but, for many, from that moment on, books will become a school activity, an obligation.
Primary school professionals advise parents to promote reading to their children. The objective is that they find that reading books can also be a leisure activity. The advantages are endless: from enriching their vocabulary, helping them know intuitively grammatical rules and rules concerning the construction of sentences, improving spelling, sparking their imagination to enhancing the level of concentration. Reading can bring many benefits to children of school age, in terms of personal development and intellectual growth, among many more.
Perhaps, many parents are wondering how to achieve this. The habit of reading is as natural as learning to brush one’s teeth before going to bed, for example. Simply allow a few minutes each day to be dedicated to books. This way, the child will get used to introducing small reading sessions into his or her daily routine, which will gradually increase as they get swiped into the fantastic universes hidden in books. Basically, promoting reading among children should start from birth, beginning with classic books illustrated, which stimulate the infant’s sensory experiences through shapes, colors textures, etc. After that, one can continue with specific books aimed at different age groups.