Wednesday, December 14, 2011
What reading does to your child
Reading alone expands a child's world. By reading, a child can be transported to other times and places, which he would not be able to be, by just reading. History textbooks give facts, but historical stories have the power to make us feel as if we are living in that exact same setting.
Through reading, your child can imagine the life in the future, or on a distant planet. Books help us to consider the impossible situations and realise the many choices that we have in life. It builds a sense of wonder in your child.
Reading also allows us to live more lives than the one we have. While reading, we can face fear and loneliness without leaving the safety of our home. We're able to sail around the world without fear of shipwreck, suffer blindness without loss of sight, while still feeling the emotions of the moment. Through reading, we can also feel the experiences that we may have someday.
Books cannot replace a real life experience, but they are useful to help us decide which experiences are worth having in the future.