Friday, October 29, 2010

The Importance of Reading: Literature is a Gateway

It comes as no surprise that despite the many advancements in technology, reading continues to be a gateway to the imagination. It also remains a mainstay for educating and teaching young minds. Be it text books, playtime books, alphabet books, whatever the case, reading remains important for the young minds of this world.

Sure there is the Kindle, the Nook, the iPad, and other electronic devices for getting great content to read. But sometimes you just can't replace the good old ink and paper, black and white. Getting kids excited about reading is also a good way to get them excited about learning. Children can learn a lot through what they absorb. They also learn to expand their imaginations, be creative, and open them up to an endless world of possibilities.

My son is just now getting to the point where reading with him is becoming exciting, and he will soon be learning how to sound out words and read on his own. It is exciting and joyous to watch him light up when we are about to read, and watch his excitement when he gets a new book. The thrill of turning new pages, new adventures, and learning new things are just experiences that technology and other activities cannot replace.

Reading carries a lot of importance, especially with younger children. It is a stepping stone to higher learning, a gateway to education and imagination, and encourages children to get away from the television and computer for a while and get lost in words. Literature is very powerful. It can build us up, and tear us down. It can educate us, it can help us grow, and it can forward us into new levels of understanding.

No matter what age your children are, start reading to them. Encourage them to dive into literature and the endless worlds that open up through the pages of a book. Let their imaginations soar and develop as they explore new adventures, new places, and new characters. Get them excited about one of the basic building blocks of knowledge and learning. Reading is knowledge, and as we all know, KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!

Hope everyone has a wonderful and safe weekend! We'll see you again on Monday!

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