Significance of childhood reading on South Africa’s matric results
The recent matric results are a reflection of the effort put in acquiring knowledge and developing skills throughout the education cycle from preschool to high school. One of the key skills lacking in our society is ‘reading’.
Nowadays, children are moving away from the culture of sitting down and reading a book. It has been noted often, that children state they have not read a book that is not academic in nature and thus not forced on them. However, the fact cannot be ignored that reading is not just a hobby or past time, but it is a sound way of improving so many skills necessary in practical life.
So how does reading affect students
- Introduction to analytically and logical thinking:
It is a well known fact that students who read have a better imagination and tend to be creative than their peers who do not read regularly. In addition to this, it has also come to notice that students who read books on diverse subjects are better at solving analytic problems as they have advanced analytically skills. Such students are better at grasping abstract concepts and can utilize their analytic skills to develop solutions to problems backed by sound and logical thinking.
- Enhanced communication skills:
When a student becomes adept at writing, he/ she starts making visible progress at speeches too, so a student who reads not only has better writing skills, he/she also possesses better communication skills. This is because these students are well equipped with sufficient vocabulary and refined grammatical skills to convey the message in a succinct manner.
- Longer attention span:
Children nowadays, have a much shortened attention span due to various phenomena, however, it is proven that students who have a habit of reading do not have short attention spans. This may be due to the fact that reading requires the full attention of the reader on the subject matter at hand, so students, who willingly read in their free time, have a habit of concentrating fully on one subject without losing their focus.
It is quite evident that the success of a child in academic as well as in practical life depends heavily upon his/ her reading habits, so it is the responsibility of parents as well as teachers to steer their children and students towards reading for pleasure in their free time to build their writing, comprehension and analytically skills.
- Mastery of language:
The one and only way to master any language is to start from reading books of that particular language. Reading also helps students to perfect their writing as not only does this help in building strong vocabulary, but it also helps in correct grammatical usage, punctuation and removes spelling errors.
It has been frequently noted by teachers that students who read more often are better writers and make less mistakes when it comes to spellings and grammar as compared to those who don’t. So, clearly, children can master any language, even adults too, if they start their course by reading the relevant material as well as additional books such as novels and stories in the particular language they are trying to learn.