There is one simple and effective way to bring smiles to children while teaching them lessons about life and boosting their confidence levels, and it is by reading books.
Children love the interaction, communication, and roleplay. They play being an astronaut, a policeman, a doctor, a trashman, and dozens of different people thanks to their powerful imagination.
Reading helps them project their ego and gain confidence to interact with society.
Thanks to books, children learn about interactions with family and close friends, discover and develop social skills, learn new words, and identify new behavioral patterns. In that way, children can effectively convey confidence, doubt, fear, bravery, and several other emotions.
The effective management of these social skills will determine in a great measure their success in the future.
Moreover, books teach children new words and logic to communicate their needs while learning more complex subjects.
Stories with simple and complex characters show children that every person is physically and mentally different and can change their minds under different circumstances.
Books and their stories are the first steps into exploring and later comprehending daily life.
Moreover, books teach children new words and logic to communicate their needs while learning more complex matters.
Confidence and Learning in Children
When children start reading, their confidence gets boosted because they control the time and rhythm of the story while discovering the characters and plot of the story.
In addition, the pictures allow children to associate colors and shapes with symbols, cultural references, social customs, and norms (like etiquette and transit signs). They also show them new places and past, present, and future possibilities.
Furthermore, some stories can teach life lessons to children, such as sharing with friends and siblings or obeying the parents, and not being lazy or offensive.
Children learn by reading and associate those lessons with their life occurrences.
Books Heal and Bring Smiles
Books are also great beacons to examine and heal traumas such as illness, death, violence, and its counterpart health, life, and peace. Children can explore these and more subjects through fiction in a playful way, thanks to the art of storytelling.
In this context, African American author Rick Daniels explores topics such as bullying and cancer, which brings children to wonder if there is a reason for all their pain and why they are going through it.
Likewise, it shows that children who suffer from these difficulties are still part of a society that needs them and wants them to be active in their development.
Through books, children can also learn about themselves, their defects, and virtues, and how to work upon their behavior. Because reading is a relaxing activity, children can use books to cope and find solace from everyday’ s struggles and challenges.
Also, a book can provide resources for children to talk and interact with others, but it can also give them new knowledge about infinite subjects, therefore, surprising them with discovery after flipping a page.
Reading is an essential part of child development; it encourages them to go forward, make friends, and discover themselves. In addition, books can reveal how your children react to particular situations allowing you to provide explanations and guidance.
Remember that when life hits and problems persist, a book will help your children grow, but it will also bring their favorite characters back to life to heal them with a smile.
By Eduardo Guillen
A book can provide resources for children to talk and interact with others, but it can also give them new knowledge about infinite subjects, therefore, surprising them with discovery after flipping a page.