Plan Lector

Whoever has a book, has a friend.

Reading is an activity that fosters and facilitates the intellectual development of people and therefore helps us to fulfill ourselves as human beings. As parents our duty is to help guide our children towards their personal fulfillment and to get them to give the best of their ability. As an advertisement said some time ago “books make us freer” because books give us wings. Therefore, it is essential that we get involved in our children’s reading skills.

Some parents believe that reading at school is enough for them, but this is not the case. Children who only read at school end up seeing reading as something obligatory, linked to heavy schoolwork, without understanding the real enjoyment and importance of reading not only for study activities but for everything we do in life. When they get home, these children prefer to turn on the television and/or play a game console before escaping between the pages of a book. These alternative activities generate expectations of instant gratification that are widespread among today’s children and adults and that, in the long run, can lead to major problems of disenchantment and personal dissatisfaction. Therefore, if we want to help our children to realize themselves as healthy and happy people, encouraging the activity of reading is an important step in this direction and the first thing we must do is to set a good example at home by enjoying the skill of reading ourselves.

 

To be convinced of the importance of this for our children’s future, we need to understand the benefits of reading for them:

It helps develop the imagination, which is essential for intellectual development.

Improves vocabulary and comprehension.

It helps to improve language skills and to express oneself better.

It helps to better understand the world around us and to broaden our knowledge. Reading is a slow and enjoyable activity that allows concepts to be assimilated more slowly and effectively.

Reading a good book from cover to cover generates a feeling of accomplishment, effort and a job well done that other activities such as watching TV do not.

Although as adults it is usually a more solitary and personal activity, as children reading is linked to personal relationships, whether at home or in the classroom, and therefore helps them develop their social skills.

It can help improve hand-eye coordination.

The habit of reading is perfected throughout life and the more we are accustomed to reading, the better we will do it and the better we will assimilate the information. This, obviously, is extremely important in the study and at work. Whoever knows the most and has the most information will always get the furthest.

Therefore, it is important that we get involved in this activity with our children and that we turn it into a moment of personal and family enjoyment. If we read with our children when they are young and recover the habit of reading at home ourselves, the children will see it as something positive and natural and will understand that, in addition to being educational, it is a great recreational activity.

By dedicating 20 minutes or half an hour a day, we will give our children new opportunities and change their lives and their future forever.