Sun. Jul 21st, 2019

World Book Day: Five reasons to join the #readbecause campaign

world book day readbecause campaignWith today being World Book Day, we’re highlighting the importance of reading for our children.

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Reading has fallen out of fashion with children as many have access to phones and an Internet connection from an early age.

While the Internet has played an essential role in making information available to everyone, it has also had adverse effects on the way that children play and learn.

Kids spend significantly less time doing physical activities and enjoying time alone reading than they used to. Recent findings suggest that as many as 78% of Grade 4 learners are unable to read for comprehension in any language.

Statistics like these are truly terrifying and calls into question, not just the quality of education, but also the way the noble book has become devalued.

The South African Book Development Council is launching a collaborative program to spread information about the value of reading.

Here are five reasons why you should read more and encourage your children to read for fun:

Reading improves vocabulary

This is important for every aspect of schoolwork. Whether it’s writing reports or being able to express your views clearly in conversations.

Reading exposes children to more words and ideas within a context that provides meaning and proper usage. In addition, children could be encouraged to keep write every day by keeping a journal.

Expands general knowledge

The more you read, the more you learn. People who read for fun tend to have more significant general knowledge than those who don’t.

When it comes to learning, there isn’t really any bad books. Every time you read – whether it’s fiction or non-fiction – you’re going to be learning things you otherwise would never have known.

Feeds the imagination

In addition, a good book activates our imagination. This allows us to consider abstract ideas better and encourages creative approaches to problems solving.

It also improves brain function on a variety of levels. Reading and writing are brain-stimulating activities that benefit both old and young, and aids in preserving memory.

Improves memory and focus

Some of us are better at concentrating than others. Activities such as reading – which engage us and force us to remember details about the plot and characters – increases our ability to focus on a single task.

That is a skill that’s dying out in a time when everyone is continually trying to balance 1 000 tasks at a time.

Health benefits

It’s good for your health. People who read regularly generally have lower levels of stress and depression. It reduces stress levels by as much as 68%, according to cognitive neuropsychologist Dr David Lewis.

In addition, it lowers the risk of Alzheimer’s and Dementia, boosts happiness and life satisfaction, and helps you fall asleep.

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