“Reading to the mind is what exercise is to the body” – Joseph Addison (English essayist, poet, playwright, and politician)
It’s common knowledge that as humans we are influenced by what the people around us are doing, or not doing in this case, and this certainly applies to our children.
Children that see their parents reading, and enjoying it, are much more likely to want to read themselves, and studies show that students who read for pleasure often demonstrate increased performance in the classroom.
Taking the time to read with your child for just 10 minutes per day equates to over 60 hours in a year, imagine if you did 20 minutes?
Additional reading at home has proven to boost a child’s school performance, as well as increase vocabulary, build strong communicational skills, improve self-esteem, and spark their imagination.
Other benefits of reading include:
- Reduces stress & anxiety
- Improves sleep
- Increases empathy
- Lengthens lifespan
- Increased levels of concentration
In order to continuously develop and acquire more knowledge on a particular topic, there’s no better option than reading a book.
At our breakfast & after school club, your children will have access to a lot of additional support from our engaging & enthusiastic team. We deliver many educational activities that not only provide enjoyment for your child but also develop their cognitive skills. These skills are what the brain uses to think, read, learn, remember, reason, and pay attention.
Our Director Sophie has provided a few links below that might give you some inspiration of what to read with your child at home, these have proven useful in helping her little boy understand different emotions and feelings.
Worrysaurus – A fun and reassuring tale about dealing with worries from the author of the bestselling The Lion Inside
Waterbugs & Dragonflies (explaining death to young children)
Huge Bag of Worries – A reassuring picture book encouraging children to open up about their fears and anxieties to help manage their feelings. The perfect book to soothe worries during stressful times.