As parents we are teachers of children and we influence kids by what we do and don’t do, what we value and ignore, how we spend our time with children, and the interests and activities we encourage. After all, the abilities and interests we choose in childhood usually help us choose our paths as adults. It is not just about careers, but a life that is rich and enriches.
As President Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “We may not be able to prepare the future for our children, but at least we can at least prepare our children for the future.” Here are two critical skills – reading and writing – that, when taught to a child, enhances her or his ability to learn faster.
Anybody who is fond of reading can never really feel lonely. And we say that from personal experience. Children who are encouraged to read from a young age not only have better verbal skills, but are also more expressive and imaginative. Reading leads to imagination. When children watch television, they are watching a readymade animated visual representation of what the creator of the TV programme has imagined. This does not even nudge a child to make an effort to visualise, making a child lazy in imagination. So, when we are reading, there is only one stimulus – the text and the child has to depend on oneself to imagine or visualise what is being expressed in the book.
Teaching your children to love reading means they will grow up to be sensitive and perceptive human beings
Writing – putting thoughts down on paper enhances self-expression and nurtures individuality. Each child has a different handwriting and a different personality. In a way, one’s handwriting is an extension of one’s unique personality. Learning experts also believe that learning by writing (as opposed to mugging up) “enhances the brain’s intake, processing, retaining, and retrieving of information.” Could it be because writing takes a certain kind of internalisation and involvement and therefore the child is owning what they are writing?
Another thing, that writing does is that it encourages the development of empathy – something that is so crucial for any relationship – professional or personal.
Encouraging your child to write makes them more persuasive and expressive.
Reading and writing are not just critical skills for future academics but help in creating the foundation of a child’s way of thinking, processing and abstraction of information and expressing oneself. In that sense, by getting these right, in early childhood, you are helping build the foundation of a child’s future life.
Read, write, go discover!