Is reading in your “not-to-do-list” of things? Well, reading is fun and entertaining when you know exactly how to do it and believe me you may even fall in love with reading!
Why do I hate reading?
Reading gives me a headache and makes my eye hurt.
I can’t read as fast as my peers.
I don’t get to read the books of my choice.
My opinions on books are never taken seriously and are considered worthless.
I’m afraid of reading aloud in the class.
If you choose one of the above as an answer or any other reason to why you hate reading, think again. Reading has numerous benefits that will reflect all through your life! And remember nothing comes perfect without effort and practice.
Benefits of reading
Just like how your body needs exercise to stay healthy, your brain too needs exercise to stay active. Reading stimulates thinking and thus keeps your brain strong and healthy.
The more you read, the more words you gain exposure to that will build your vocabulary.
When you read a book, you have to remember characters, situations, backgrounds, history and subplots. Amazingly, with every book you read, your memory improves and helps you to remember things better.
As you read more books, your analytical thinking improves, which will help you to analyse books from a critique’s point of view, i.e. determining whether a book is a well-written piece, if the characters were properly developed, if the storyline ran smoothly, etc. Should you ever have an opportunity to discuss the book with others, you’ll be able to state your opinions clearly, as you’ve taken the time to really consider all the aspects involved.
Reading improves your focus and concentration.
Expansion of your vocabulary, exposure to published, well-written work has a noted effect on your own writing, as observing the writing styles of other authors will always influence your own work.
Ways to make reading interesting
Look for genres that interest you – be it fantasy, realistic, mystery or non-fiction. Explore books in libraries or browse the internet to buy or download free copies.
If you have a hard time choosing a book, ask your friends, classmates, teachers or parents to suggest titles for you or you can borrow their books to get a taste of the genres that matters to people around you.
Pick books that are a level or two lower than your grade. There is no harm in doing so as long as the books hold your interest and help you focus on the words, meanings and the story.
If you think novels and chapter books are difficult to concentrate on, choose short stories and short non-fiction comprehension passages.
If you think a book that you have begun reading doesn’t interest you beyond the first chapter, skip that book and move on to another.
Ways to get over reading fears
If you get a headache or your eyes hurt when reading, you may be suffering from light sensitivity. Talk to your parents or teachers about it and they will get you medical help.
Read aloud at home in front of the mirror frequently. This practice will slowly erase your fear of reading in front of the class.
Write down, record your thoughts as you read. This will help you to stay in touch with your inner voice and to comprehend the text better.
Reading as often as you can, will automatically increase your speed of reading and you can soon become one of the fastest readers in your class!
Start reading today and discover a beautiful art that will entice you forever!
The role of parents in encouraging their kids to read
What NOT to do?
Pressuring, nagging, or bribing.
Criticizing what your child reads. Instead, explain your opinion and whenever you can, accept differences of opinion just as it is.
Lavishing too much praise. Show interest when you see your child reading, but don’t make a big deal out of it. Kids need to know that they’re reading for their own pleasure and not for your approval.
What to do?
Give your child the opportunity to choose his/her own books.
Check the bookstores, libraries and online to understand the types of genres and latest trends suitable for your child’s age group. Talk to experts or teachers who could help you choose the right books.
Furnish your home with a variety of reading materials. Leave books, magazines, and newspapers around. Check to see what disappears for a clue to what interests your child.
Monitor what troubles your child when reading. Seek medical help, be it physical or psychological.
Above all, set an example. Let your child see you reading for pleasure.
Happy reading everyone!
Author: Sim K