“Give me a fish I will live for a day, teach me fishing I will live life-long”
It serves not only for learning a new skill set but also while adopting a new habit and making it a routine. Reading is one such habit and when the kid pursues it, books will become their best companion for a lifetime. Reading will open the gates of a new world to the kids. But when grown-ups feel challenging to adopt a new habit, it definitely requires patience and cares over the kid from the parent to make them enjoy the learning process.
Why read printed books?
When introduced with the right set of books at the right age, reading reaps lots of benefits for children. It helps them to hone their language proficiency, aids in an early speech, broadens their vocabulary, makes them multi-linguistic, builds long term relationships with reading, develops their writing proficiency and the list is never-ending.
But our focus is not only to discuss the perks of reading habit but about the mode in which the kids read books especially in the era of the digital world. Because with the advent of several possible reading modes like audiobooks, various applications available in the market, kindle books, and much more, the children are lesser exposed to the physical form of reading and are more attracted to virtual reading which indirectly hinders their attachment towards the relation with paperback books. Especially with the on the cast of the pandemic, where everyone is forced to stay at home and with unavoidable online classes, the screen time has become mandatory and a part & parcel of every kid’s life, without which the kids can’t learn anything, it is very important to talk and learn how learning through physical books are valuable. Let’s look into the benefits and advantages of books.
Opens up the world of imagination
Studies say that while reading book kids have better touch and feel which help them to associate better with the essence of the book. A better association doesn’t just give you the experience of going through lines, rather makes the kid blend with the content and live through it. Printed book reading in early childhood makes them imagine a lot while just reading a storybook. They not only read the lines but also visualize the scene, picture the colors and voice and live as the character, making their fantasy vivid. It sticks not only while reading, by turning the pages, but also post-reading.
Keeps them focused
Holding a printed book in hand, with every turning page, they unconsciously travel along the bookmaking them literally feel how far the story has moved, which kindles their anxiety to unfold more and the book has them under its grip keeping them focused. It also helps with better understanding. Unlike e-books, the printed book doesn’t get a message to slide out, a call to ignore and a popup advertisement that distracts.
Books improve concentration and memory skills. For an instance, consider a kid who is into the virtual mode of reading, such children may actually lose the value and insight of books.
Sets up a Routine
It is easy for a parent to make the kid stick to a routine who is already into reading practice. When the reading becomes a habit before a nap or right before bed, mealtime, sleep, and wake up becomes timely. It helps to retain the habit of reading throughout their life. Reading the newspaper and inculcating reading in any form is much easier for a book reading kid. Printed books improve bonding and long term relationship towards reading.
Goes light on the eyes and enriches brain development
Printed books without the harmful radiations make it comfortable for the eyes, unlike the e-books which cause dryness and vision trouble when had longer exposure to it. Studies say longer screen time hinders brain development. A physical book aids in brain development, which is phenomenal.
Ease of access and reduces supervision
It’s possible for a kid to seek a book which they love to read, at any point of time in a day when kept accessible to them, whereas a virtual book needs parental assistance to just get access to. They don’t need to be dependent on the parent for the electronic device. This makes both the parent and the child free from dependency and saves their time. It also reduces the need of continuous supervision since they can only read with physical books.
Makes them decisive
Kids choose their favorite book from a bunch of books in front of them with the illustrations that are more real. It, in turn, helps them in decision making in the future. Because they choose what they need.
Makes them independent
Books are a good companion to have with. A kid who is used to reading will be a self-occupied kid and it is easy for one such to keep themselves engaged even if they are alone. With lots of pros, it’s high time the current generation parents understand the need and nurture the habit of printed book reading.
Seed a positive habit into your children and help them cherish the joy reading forever.