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The importance of reading

Last week, I had a conversation with a nine-year-old at one of our Inkpots workshops, about the number of books she had at home, waiting to be read. This particular child – along with many others who come to Inkpots – is an avid reader and she reeled off the titles that were waiting for her. I completely understood her anticipation of just what she might discover between the pages.

The following day I read a newsletter from London Meed Primary School in Burgess Hill, and there was a short piece about the importance of reading. Research has shown that if children read every day, there is an incredible difference in what they can achieve in school, and in their future lives. It seemed to me to be a good and completely right thing to share this on our website – particularly as so much of what we talk about at Inkpots goes back to a love of reading.

Five reasons why a child should read every day:

  • If you read every day, you improve faster and achieve higher results than those who do not; practice makes perfect in almost everything we do and reading is no different.
  • Reading exercises your brain. Reading is a much more complex task for the human brain than, say, watching TV. Reading strengthens brain connections and actually builds new connections.
  • Reading improves concentration. If you read regularly as you grow up, you develop the ability to focus and manage distractions for longer and longer periods.
  • Reading teaches you about the world around you. Through reading, you learn about people, places and events outside your own experiences. You are also exposed to ways of life, ideas and beliefs about the world which may be different from those which surround you.
  • Reading improves your vocabulary, leads to more highly-developed language skills and improves your ability to write well. This is because you learn new words as you read and unconsciously absorb information about how to use words and language effectively.

I would also add that reading helps you relax – and that is so important at any age.

(With many thanks to London Meed CP school for permission to reproduce the section on the Importance of Reading.)



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