If you ask anyone if it is important to read, they will say ‘What a stupid question – of course it is important to read. Everybody should know how to read.’
But there’s more to it than knowing HOW to read.
The great novelist, Stephen King, said ‘Books are a uniquely portable form of magic.’
And what is the key to that form of magic? Reading. Let’s think about why that is. What is magical about reading?
Here are nine forms of the magic.
Reading exercises the brain.
Researchers have found that being engrossed in a book enhances connectivity in the brain and improves brain function. They scanned people’s brains before, during and after a reading session. They found that the areas of the brain associated with language and comprehension light up when we read. Interestingly, those same areas stay lit up for some time after we stop reading. Our brains are processing and storing information and building understanding for several hours, even days sometimes, after we finish reading. Children who read often and widely become better readers, more fluent and more expressive, because their brains make connections more easily. Cognitive Magic!
Stay tuned for more of the magic of reading.
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