Scientists have found that children who can read well by the age of seven are more intelligent in later years.
Better readers develop higher levels of verbal reasoning,
do better in non-verbal tests, are adept at spotting patterns, observing trends and completing pictures.
The study published in the Child Development journal also suggests that reading teaches young children to use their imagination which helps them think abstractly and rationally in fields such as mathematics, science and logic as a result of taking on the perspectives of fictional or historical characters, or imagining other worlds, times and scenarios.
As wonderful and informational as this article is, they neglect to mention how much reading at a young age can really shape a child’s view of the world and themselves.
Reading opens their eyes to so many wonderful things.
Not too long ago one of my students read a story about the Icehotel in Sweden. We couldn't get enough of the story! We started Googling images of the hotel and talking about how cool it would be to sleep on a bed made of ice. I told him that I’m putting a trip to this hotel on my Bucket List and he said he is too ;)
Another student read a story about snow. Since he lives in Florida he didn’t know what snow was or how it felt. When I finished explaining it as best I could, he looked at me and said, “when I grow up, I want to go up north to see snow!”
Reading introduces students to new ideas and while this is helpful for school, it’s wonderful in life!
You have BIG dreams for your preschooler. You want him or her to grow to be happy and healthy. To feel confident about themselves and their abilities. And to feel successful and significant in life.
Giving your child a strong academic head start fully prepares him or her for future success leading to a lifetime of advantages!
Dr. Suess put it perfectly, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”
PS This week we’re celebrating Multicultural Children’s Book Day, shining the spotlight on all of the amazing multicultural children’s books available. We will be sharing a new multicultural book for preschoolers every day this week with the hashtag #ReadYourWorld. Check them out and enjoy :)