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Why Is Reading Important ?

1)     Reading is important because it develops the mind. The mind is a muscle. It needs exercise. Understanding the written word is one way the mind grows in its ability. Teaching young children to read helps them develop tr ianguage skills. It also helps them learn to listen. Everybody wants to talk, but few can really listen. Reading helps children [and adults] focus on whc someone else is communicating

2)  BY READING we discover new things. Books, magazines and even the Internet are great learning tools which require the ability to read & underst what is read. A person who knows how to read can educate himself in any area of life he is interested in. We live in an age where we overflow with information, but reading is the main way to take advantage of it.

3)     Reading develops imagination. TV and computer games have their place, but they are more like amusement. Amusement comes from two words "a" [non] and "muse" [think]. Amusement is non - thinking activities. With readi

a person can go anywhere in the world....... or even out of it! They can bej

king, or an adventurer, or a princess, or.... The possibilities are endless.

Non-readers never experience these joys to the same extent.

4)  Reading develops the creative side of people. When reading to children, si every once in a while and ask them what they think is going to happen ne> Get them thinking about the story. When it is finished, ask if they could of a better ending or anything that would have improved it. If they really like the story, encourage them to illustrate it with their own drawings or to make) a different story with the same characters. Get the creative juices flowing!

5)     Reading is fundamental in developing a good self image. Non readers or readers often have low opinions of themselves and their abilities. Many tir they feel as if the world is against them. They feel isolated [everybody else! read - which isn't true] and behaviour problems can surface. They can per poorly in other subjects because they cannot read and understand the mai and so tend to "give up."

6)........ Good reading skills, especially in a phonics reading program, improves

spelling. As students learn to sound out letters and words, spelling comes easier. Also, reading helps to expand the vocabulary. Reading new words puts them in their mind for later use. Seeing how words are used in different context can give a better understanding of the word usage and definitions than the cold facts of a dictionary.

7)  There is an old saying, "The pen is mightier than the sword."Ideas written down have changed the destiny of men and nations for the better or worse. The flow of ideas cannot be stopped. We need to read and research to build on the good ideas and expose the bad ideas before they bring destruction. Only by reading can we be armed in this never - ending, life-and-death struggle.

8)  Finally, Reading is important because words - spoken and written are the building blocks of life. You are, right now, the result of words that you have heard or read AND believed about yourself.

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