Reading can make YOUR Child Smarter?
See how we dispel 3 myths about reading and how one simple habit can let Your child do better in school..
Most of us have heard this saying since we are young..
“the more you read the smarter you will become.”
Honestly, is this always true?
If you are like most parents, you tend to have certain misconceptions about reading..
Similar to these parents here below:
Mr Wong 32, Bank Senior Executive – “ I don’t see the point in reading to my 6 month old baby, she might not even understand what I am talking about.”
Mrs Yasmine 35, Housewife – “ Children don’t develop much in the early years cos i think their body spend more energy developing their bones, their organs and other areas of their bodies.”
Mr Alvin Tan, 43, Technician-” Reading is just for general knowledge only, it doesn’t really create top students with good grades.”
After examining all these above statements closely, we come to a conclusion…
Everything these parents know about reading is dead wrong!
Here’s 3 Power Facts about reading virtually unknown to most parents!
Power Fact # 1 : Babies Start Learning in the Womb!
In fact, children learn long before they are born. When they are in the Womb, Prenates can see, hear, feel, remember, taste, and think before birth. The fetal learning capabilities are much more specific than we thought!
Power Fact #2 : Children Learn better, easier and faster in the early years!
According to Scientific Research, by the age of 2-3 years old,an infant’s brain has about 200 trillion nerve cell connections ( synapses) , which is twice the number of an adult!
We therefore conclude that child potentially learn much faster and better in their early years!
Through the learning experience of the child, it will determine which connections are developed and which ones will no longer function.
“The power to learn language is so great in the young child. They can learn as many spoken languages as you can allow them to hear systematically and regularly at the same time.” -Dr Susan Curtiss, Professor of Linguistics at UCLA
Ronald Katulak, author of Inside the Brain:
“During the first three years of life, the foundations for thinking, language, vision, attitudes, aptitudes, and other characteristics are laid down!”
Power Fact #3 : Reading expands our horizon and widens our world view.
Readers are problem solvers.
“Reading expands your capacities to think, feel and problem solve…..Readers are leaders.”-from New York Times bestselling author, public speaker and former Yahoo! Executive Tim Sanders
Reading to your child, especially when they are still very young lay a strong foundation.
As parents spend a daily fixed time to read with their child, they actually give them a good head start over their peers who don’t read as much and as extensive as they do.
Over time, when you are not around to read to them , it is natural to find your child picking up a book from the bookshelf and read on their own.
That is the ‘spill over’ effect of starting reading from young!
This one daily habit will help your child do better in school.
In our highly competitive education system, most children will have several tuition classes packed
throughout the week. However most parents neglect constant fixed reading time with their child, as they have “outsourced” everything to the teacher in schools and the tutors at the tuition centers.
Reading still has it place at home. Mainly due to a few reasons.
1.Your Child still spends most of their time at home than in school!
2.Teachers are not able to provide individual attention and support that your child needs.
3.The curriculum and teaching methods in school are a one-size-fits all approach and not appealing for today’s children.
So Parents, your home is still the best school for your child!
With that being said, Tuition Centers still have a part to play in your child’s education.
To give a simple example,
Having tuition is just like learning music at a music school and Reading at home is just like having and practicing your piano at home!
Therefore, having a constant reading time will enable a child to reap several benefits such as:
1)Reading to babies can increase their vocabulary by 40%.
2)It promotes intimacy and increases communication between you and your child.
3)It builds listening skills, stimulates imagination and increases his attention span.
4)Reading to a child in an interactive style raises his IQ by over 6 points.
5)It is one of the best ways to teach a new language.
In conclusion, most parents have the misconceptions about reading that they think it is not for young children, or they think their child is too young to understand and it doesn’t have any practical purpose in school. We have dispelled this 3 myths with the 3 Facts of Reading that we have summarized above.
If you find this article useful and wish to know more about how to create a conducive environment in your home , to have a learning corner for your child to continue their reading habits.
Contact us today here and our friendly staff will arrange an appointment to know more about your child’s reading needs.