Reading for Pleasure considered more important To a Child’s Development than How Educated Their Parents Are

A research suggests that “Children who read for pleasure are likely to do better in maths and English than those who rarely read in their free time.”

The study, by the Institute of Education, London University, examined the reading habits of 6,000 children. It indicated reading for pleasure was more important to a child’s development than how educated their parents were. The findings showed those who had read often at the age of 10 and had been reading books and newspapers more than once a week aged 16 had performed better than those who had read less.

Apparently because children who read for pleasure absorb information easier, it actually enables these children to absorb and understand new information, improve not only their maths scores but also gain high attainment levels in all subjects.

PBUP- We can never get tired or bored about highlighting the importance of reading. If there are parents that did not do much more to help instil that real pleasure for reading in our older children, then it is not too late to help our younger ones or ask our older ones about current news. Have they read about their hero’s biography? What is it about these heroes that they love? Get them reading and sharing with you. Let us help build our children up with that pleasure to read. It sure does go a very long way. It actually makes more sense to me now because sometimes when I go to the Library, I see a lot of parents from all backgrounds with their children who are reading. Some of the parents may not necessarily be educated but you can tell their children are having fun reading.

We must re-cultivate that pleasure of reading if we haven’t been doing so and for those of us who have, well done and keep it up. You can see the benefits of it.

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