Saturday, June 11, 2016

Read, Read, and Read some More

To one degree or another many things affect people, either positively or negatively.

However, there’s something that affects everyone, which is reading. Whether or not a person can read, or how well they read, affects them throughout their life, no matter their size, sex, or where in these United States they live.

Unfortunately, students often neglect reading over the summer and that’s unfortunate, especially in the beginning years of their education. For a child just learning the nuances of reading, to not read over a summer negatively affects their ability to learn. As a result, when school starts, they have to relearn reading habits before they begin to really learn.

Books are fantastic teaching tools. Even with all the toys, like computers, iPads, tablets, smart, smarter, and smartest phones, and television. Nothing out-teaches a book.

It’s a positive to cuddle in a cozy chair with a book rather than sit anywhere with a computer-type apparatus.

Psychologically, computer-type devices are cold because no matter what’s being read it won’t radiate your emotions like a book.
I’ve been an avid fan of books almost since day one; give me a book and I’m not alone. In my comfy chair the words come alive, and the pages are soft and pliable, like tender emotions.

Put opposite ends of a magnet together and they attract while like ends repel.

It’s the same with a book; the main characters may repulse you, but the author’s well-chosen words bring you into the story. Pretty soon you understand the main characters and are drawn into their lives. You read their thoughts and feelings. You empathize with them.

Because what’s between the covers of a book is psychologically softer than what’s inside any member of the computer family, it’s easier to learn from a book.

Studies show reading a book relaxes, elicits emotions, and exercises your mind.

In a nutshell, that’s why BHS promotes summer reading programs.  Your school also promotes the Bayard libraries summer reading program.

For you as a parent, to promote reading to your child is a gift they’ll thank you for the rest of their lives, whether they realize it or not. You’re helping them learn to learn, and that’s a precious commodity.

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