After all, practice makes perfect in almost everything humans do, and reading is no different.
Reading is a much more complex task for the human brain rather than watching TV, for example. Reading strengthens brains connections and builds NEW connections.
Children have to sit still and quietly so that they can focus on the story when they are reading. If they read often, they will develop the skill to do this for longer.
Through reading a variety of books children learn about people, places, and events outside of their own experience.
Children learn new words as they read. Subconsciously, they absorb information on how to structure sentences and how to use words and other language features effectively in their writing and speaking.
As we read our brains translate the descriptions we read of people, places and things into pictures. While we are engaged in a story we are also imagining how a character is feeling. Young children then bring this knowledge into their everyday play.
As children develop they begin to imagine how they would feel in that situation.
A book or an e-reader doesn't take up much space and is light to carry, so you take it anywhere so you can never be bored if you have a book in your bag.
Reading together on the sofa, bedtime stories and visiting the library are just some ways of spending time together.
Reading promotes achievement in all subjects, not just English. Children who are good readers tend to achieve better across the curriculum.
Take a look at some of the Top 50 Recommended Reads for Year 2. How many of them have you read? Why not ask your friends what books they are reading at the moment and what their favourite books are. You never know, you might really enjoy reading them too!
We are kicking off this term with the heart-warming classic by Jill Tomlinson, 'The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark.'
Plop, the Baby Barn Owl, is like every Barn Owl there ever was, except for one thing - he is afraid of the dark. "Dark is nasty" he says and so he won't go hunting with his parents. Mrs Barn Owl sends him down from his nest-hole to ask about the dark and he meets a little boy waiting for the fireworks to begin, an old lady, a scout out camping, a girl who tells him about Father Christmas, a man with a telescope and a black cat who takes him exploring. He realises that through these encounters that dark is super after all.