The Benefits of Reading

Hello, parents/guardians of Tahlequah Public Schools! As the Executive Director of Elementary Education, I wanted to share with you the incredible benefits of reading for your children.   Reading plays a crucial role in your child’s academic and personal development. It’s not just about flipping through pages, but about opening doors to a world of knowledge, imagination, and growth. Let’s explore some of the amazing benefits reading can bring to your child’s life!

First and foremost, reading helps to improve your child’s language and vocabulary skills. By exposing them to a wide range of words, phrases, and sentence structures, reading allows them to expand their vocabulary and enhance their ability to express themselves effectively. This is essential for their communication skills, both in and out of the classroom.

Reading also sparks creativity and imagination in your child.  When they dive into a captivating story, they embark on exciting adventures, meet intriguing characters, and explore new worlds. This imaginative journey not only entertains them but also nurtures their creativity and encourages them to think outside the box. It’s like giving wings to their imagination.

Reading enhances critical thinking skills.  As your child engages with a book, they are constantly analyzing information, making connections, and solving problems. This process strengthens their cognitive abilities, enabling them to think critically, make logical decisions, and approach challenges with a more analytical mindset. These skills are essential for their academic success and future endeavors.

In addition, reading is a wonderful way for your child to relax and unwind. In today’s fast-paced world, it’s important for them to have a healthy outlet for stress. Getting lost in a good book allows them to escape from the pressures of daily life and enter a world where they can recharge their minds and find solace. It’s like a mini vacation for their imagination.

Reading fosters a love for learning and a thirst for knowledge. When your child reads, they are exposed to a wide range of topics, ideas, and perspectives. This broadens their horizons and encourages them to explore new interests. Whether it’s diving into historical events, learning about different cultures, or delving into scientific discoveries, reading opens their minds to endless possibilities. 

Lastly, reading strengthens the bond between you and your child. Sharing story time together creates a special connection and provides an opportunity for quality time. It’s a chance to engage in conversations, ask questions, and explore the themes and lessons within the story. This shared experience not only builds a love for reading but also strengthens your relationship.

The teachers and students at Tahlequah Public Schools are working very diligently to develop a love for reading in and out of the classroom.  It always gives me great pleasure to see a student read for the first time or listen to a conversation about the stories they are reading.  If you can, please find a time to listen to a child read I think it will bring a smile to your face.

Kair Ridenhour

Executive Director of Elementary Education and Special Programs