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Back to school sends reading on the backseat!

Posted by My Chapter One on 09.07.2022

Back to school and Reading schedule

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With school reopening and children getting busy with their packed schedules such as homework, hobby classes, park time, etc, reading outside of school takes a backseat. In the process, the habit of reading regularly can get affected, leading children back to where they started. 

According to a survey the percentage of children reading in the age group 8-10 plummets from 40% to 28% once schools reopen after the break. The reasons behind this dip are sports classes, other hobby classes & extracurriculars, social events, and school homework.

Impact of Reading on performance

Reading has many benefits like vocabulary building, comprehension skills enhancement, cognitive skills, and writing skills. If reading time reduces, it’s only natural that the advantages that come with reading also get impacted.  Reading helps children comprehend better thereby making it easier to understand the information available in school textbooks too! As they move to higher classes, it becomes very important for children to be able to read between the lines and understand the textual meaning of what’s presented to them.  

Reading to infer is an incredibly important skill and it is acquired gradually through a lot of reading – including different genres and authors. Analyzing text then comes naturally to children who read as compared to those who simply memorize text to write in exams for marks. This obviously doesn’t help in the long run.

Understanding the benefits of reading

Reading should be presented like chocolate and not like medicine to children. Reading for pleasure is what will make children voracious and regular readers. Even with their busy schedules when school reopens, reading for ten minutes every day can deliver immense benefits. Every kind of reading outside of school counts - reading snippets in children's newspapers and magazines, books, magazines etc.

Reading long texts without understanding is daunting and seems like an uphill task. This negatively impacts any activity that involves reading & comprehension, which obviously trickles down to studies too. The reason is that they associate reading only with performance and not with something that they enjoy. Reading school textbooks is performance-oriented and leaves little space for exploring other aspects that come from reading.

For eg: 

Writing skills: Reading books across genres and by different authors exposes children to new ways of writing and helps them in clarity of expression. The ability to choose the apt words in writing is something that helps them to convey an intended message clearly and impactfully, especially in high school. 
New characters and emotions – A wide range of books makes children meet different kinds of people through the characters. This helps build empathy and gives them exposure to so many things which we can’t otherwise in real life. 
Vocabulary – Enough has been said about reading and vocabulary being interrelated. If a child reads at least 20 minutes a day, he/she is exposed to 1.8 million words a year as opposed to just limiting reading to school textbooks where children are presented with the huge task of memorizing spellings instead of decoding through phonics. 
21st-century skills – One of the most critical 21st-century skills in Reading. Reading fosters development and growth. Transitioning from learning to read to reading to learn is very important for students moving into intermediate grades, middle and high school. Young readers are able to navigate increasingly complex texts and develop a deeper knowledge of the topics they are studying if they’re brought up in a reading-friendly environment. 

These and many more advantages that come with reading are the special ingredients that make reading the best exercise for the brain. 

It is a vicious circle that prevents many children from picking up the reading habit early on. A simple fix is to make books a constant companion in their daily lives. This could be in the form of a parent reading aloud a story as a part of parent-child bonding time, library visits, allowing room for experimenting with books, audiobooks, and even making discussions based upon books one of many conversations that happen at home.

With so many distractions like Netflix, Hotstar, Prime, online gaming, Youtube, and other social media pages, reading as a habit in children has definitely been affected. In such a scenario, a Reading Gym is what comes to the rescue for many parents who are unable to maintain a regular reading schedule with their children. 

My Chapter One reading gym has programs based on different age groups. At the reading gym, children aren’t just taught how to read but also how to comprehend better, learn new words and use them in their day-to-day conversations and written work.  

Reading for pleasure goes a long way and makes children future-ready! It helps in boosting confidence,  enabling children to actively participate in group discussions. It is not an activity that must stop when school begins. 

Just like physical activity is the key to physical fitness and simply cannot be missed, reading outside of school is a must for the overall development and also academic success of your child. 

Indian Kids 9

Children should learn that reading is pleasure, not just something that teachers make you do in school.

- Beverly Cleary

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