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The Importance of Reading
Why is the Habit of Reading important
The Importance of Reading is difficult to express in words but can experienced by people from all walks of life. With the advent of modern technology, the Ipod and the Xbox have probably overtaken the humble Hardy Boys or Tom Sawyer in managing to catch the attention of the young kids. Parents and others would however do well to inculcate the habit of reading in children from a very young age and that will prove to be in good stead for the years to come.
Although one can take to reading at any age, I have seen that it is much easier to begin at a young age and develop a love and passion for reading rather than forcing oneself to indulge in this at a later age in life.
Reading has a host of benefits - tangible and intangible and should in fact become a habit as common as bathing or eating.
I have been an avid reader since my childhood (and I can't seem to thank my parents enough for this gift) and to this date my house and work desk have been overflowing with books as I constantly move from one book to another enjoying the pearls of wisdom or the fantasies that come along with them.
The Importance of Reading - Reason #1 - Reading can make you Smarter
Yes. Reading is a very active state exercise for your mind as opposed to watching TV or listening to music. Reading forces your brain cells to engage in activity as you paint a vivid image in your mind about the story that you are reading. This is what is most fascinating for me and also why I am always scared of watching a movie about a book that I have read. As the imagination in my head could be totally different from that depicted in the movie.
Your Brain is also a muscle which must be worked on a regular basis as this will keep your mental faculties constantly engaged and thus keep you sharper and smarter.
Guided Reading: Good First Teaching for All Children
This book is the richest, most comprehensive guided reading resource available today and the first systematic offering of instructional support for guided reading adherents.
This is an important book for teachers, administrators, prospective teachers, college professors, or anyone seeking to provide quality teaching to children in their first years of schooling.”–Harvard Educational Review
The Importance of Reading - Reason #2 - Reading can improve your Vocabulary and Language Skills
If you are a regular reader, you are bound to come across the works of various authors and will be exposed to several different literary styles. You will keep on learning new words, phrases, idioms and learn to use them in several different ways as well.
One handy tip for youngsters - Keep a dictionary handy. If you come across a new word you didn't know about, look it up immediately in the dictionary. From my own personal experience I can tell you that this has done wonders for my vocabulary and I loved interacting with new words every day and with each new book that I read.
Keep reading new books, new genres, fiction, non-fiction, etc. Give yourself some variety and I am sure that you will pick up some new words each day.
Amazon Kindle - A Must Have for an avid Reader!
The Amazon Kindle is one of the best ebook readers and is truly a must have for avid readers.
Increase your Reading Speed
A previous National Director of Education for Evelyn Wood Reading Dynamics presents his do-it-yourself program for increasing reading speed and boosting comprehension.
"Speed reading is one of the truly useful educational ideas of the last few years, and this book can be the least expensive and most efficient way you can learn it." --William Proxmire, United States Senator
The perfect answer to today's information explosion, Peter Kump's rapid reading method has already helped thousands of people to read up to eight times faster, with better concentration and retention.
This program brings together the best of what classroom speed reading courses have to offer, and distills fundamental principles and skills that can be learned at home with the help of the drills and exercises provided. And because it lets readers choose their own material and set their own pace, it's the ideal method for busy people juggling a full schedule.
Breakthrough Rapid Reading makes conquering information overload a reality. So whether it's cutting down on that backlog of business reports and technical matter or scaling that mountain of newspapers and leisure reading, getting up to speed is only a matter of time and practice.
The Importance of Reading - Reason #3 - Reading makes you Knowledgeable
Okay this one's a no brainer. Reading does make you knowledgeable. The more you read, the diverse books you read, each time you are adding valuable pieces of knowledge to your mental database.
Everyone knows how important it is to be knowledgeable to succeed in any area of life that you choose. It will perhaps be less surprising to learn that the most successful people in many walks of life would be the persons who are the most well read.
Noble Peace Prize winner and former President of Israel - Shimon Peres very wisely said ~
Your best friends are not only human beings, but books. To read books is like going to swim in a sea of wisdom, endlessly fascinating. And there are so many wise people all over the world, throughout history, and you can have it free, for nothing. And reading must become a daily habit. It's not that you can read once a week. I read day in and day out, and you make acquaintances with books. After a few pages, you know with whom you are dealing. Serious, unserious, far-sighted, repetitive.
Parent's guide to reading
A plain-English guide to teaching phonics. Every parent can teach reading—no experts need apply!
Too many parents watch their children struggle with early reading skills—and don't know how to help. Phonics programs are too often complicated, overpriced, gimmicky, and filled with obscure educationalese. The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading cuts through the confusion, giving parents a simple, direct, scripted guide to teaching reading—from short vowels through supercalifragilisticexpialidoc
Over the years of her teaching career, Jessie Wise has seen good reading instruction fall prey to trendy philosophies and political infighting. Now she has teamed with dynamic coauthor Sara Buffington to supply parents with a clear, direct phonics program—a program that gives them the know-how and confidence to take matters into their own hands.
The Importance of Reading - Reason#4 - Reading boosts Creativity
What is Creativity - It's the ability to identify unusual or novel connections to a given set of facts. Creativity requires the individual to be knowledgeable in several areas to be able to make these connections.
Creative individuals are generally masters in their area of expertise and very good readers and thus knowledgeable about several different aspects. This constant reading and ability to think out of the box helps them to see patterns, novel connections or new solutions where others are not able to relate.
I was once on my way to a presentation about Innovative Tax Planning Strategies and was struggling to find a good opening anecdote. While on my way I dug into my stack of magazines that I usually carry and began to flip through "The Economist" magazine. I read a story about an unusual hoarding along a highway in California. The hoarding just had a mathematical formula with the words ".com" at the end suggesting that the answer to the formula would probably lead to some website.
Persons who solved the formula got something like a 158302890.com (just an example) and when they landed on the website, they saw an even harder mathematical formula. A privileged few who managed to crack that were led to another website which just said.
"Google welcomes you to submit your resumes"
Fantastic. The point here was not only did I read something fantastic, it also gave a mind a great boost, I used the "Innovation" connection and used it as an opening anecdote for my presentation.
Thus It is not always necessary to know what you will do with your reading. The dots will connect at sometime in the future and will give you innovative and creative solutions. Keep reading. You will definitely be more creative in whatever area of life you choose to excel
Start Reading Today
I have given you just 4 reasons to start reading today but I am sure you would find many more reasons to do so.
Get your children to read at an early age. Read to them when they are younger. It will also help you bond with them much more. Get them to love reading and then the passion of reading will automatically take over. Once it becomes a habit and something that you love and you are crazy about, it will remain for a lifetime.