Outside of school, the majority of children will opt for watching television or playing video games rather than immersing themselves in a book.
Reading, however, is a very important part of a childs development. A childs brain is stimulated by challenging him or her to think in new directions and absorb new concepts and ideas. From the age of six months a childs cognitive skills can be improved by using illustrative books and identifying objects in front of him / her.
Reading promotes more activity in the language area of the brain and it exposes children to new vocabulary, proper grammar and phrasing. Even when children read a new word that they do not understand they still absorb something from the context, making the word more familiar. By reading aloud children can develop their spoken language skills and their ability to express themselves verbally.
When a parent or a teacher reads aloud to a child it gives the child the opportunity to hear and absorb the proper pronunciation of words. The ability to read is an essential skill; however it should be viewed as a pleasurable activity, rather than a chore. Children who enjoy reading will find it easier to learn about new subjects and collect and retain information throughout school and university.
The ability to study alone and access information, whether in books, journals or on the internet all depends upon the childs reading skills. Reading not only develops childrens language skills.
Through books children can learn about people and places from other parts of the world, which can improve their understanding of the world and other cultures. Children can also flex their critical thinking skills in areas such as the concepts of cause and effect, conflict resolution and acceptance of responsibility for ones actions.
Children can follow clues in mysteries to work out their logical conclusions, improving their problem solving abilities. At Mayfair Academy we encourage children to read, not only for study, but also for pleasure. We recognize that when a child enjoys reading many other skills are easily acquired. Pupils at the Academy are given the opportunity to ask questions, express an interest in a wide variety of topics and explore new ideas.
Mayfair Academys annual Primary School Book Week was, once again, a resounding success. The students enjoyed a full week of events including poetry readings, quizzes a book fair and competitions. The highlight of the week was the ´Dressing up Day´ when all the children attended school dressed as a character from their favourite book.