A study conducted by Americans showed that kids nowadays can’t resolve a problem and this is not because they are not gifted with enough intelligence – on the contrary – but because they can’t stay focused long enough to solve it. For example, if it would normally take twenty minutes to solve a problem and your kid can only stay focused for five minutes, this means he won’t be able to solve it.
You might wonder why this happens to kids nowadays? Why are they so intelligent, yet incapable of staying focused for too long? Well, the answer is simple: technology! Probably the biggest fault is that of television, which fills people’s mind with simple, easy things that don’t require them to think too much.
When you lay on the couch with the remoter in your hand, you are not determined to do any effort, whether physical or psychological. Whether you watch a TV show or a movie, you get everything ready, you don’t need to think, to use your mind in any way. You’ll thus get used to getting quick solutions in real life, too. You’ll expect everything to come to you without any effort.
Do you like reading? Your kid will love, too
Personally, I am not in any way influenced by television, as I don’t even turn it on quite often. My own system of values is based on something very different than television. I prefer reading a book at any time instead of watching TV. And this is not only my system of values, but it is also the key that any parent can use for educating their children: teach them how to love reading. Parents are a raw model for their children, so they have the power of the example in their own hands.
I read a lot and so I gave a good example to my little one. My kid is now used to have a lot of books and she loves reading, as she sees me doing the same. Even when she didn’t yet know how to read, she kept browsing through her books and she “read” stories to her toys, by simply telling what she remembered from the books I’ve read to her or even by inventing her own stories looking at the images in her books. It’s an amazing thing for the kid to grow up surrounded by books.
Anyone can have a reading corner in their home. It needs to be placed in a quiet, silent place, where parents and kids can spend their time reading. All you need for a reading corner is a couch, a bookcase, natural and artificial light, warmth, and leisure.
The number of books matters
According to an Australian study, it was shown that a number of 80 books in a home lead to significant growth in reading and mathematical calculation skills levels. So, those kids who live in a house where there are at least 80 books, are very different from the kids who live in a house with very few books or no books at all.
If there are up to 300 books in a home, the reading level of a kid also grows further, and over 300 books in a home stabilize the reading level of a child. This means that kids with 300 books in their home will read as good as kids with 500 books, for example.
Also, kids who read more will also have a stronger general knowledge. Besides, according to the study, kids who read more have better skills of reading fluently, correctly, and rapidly. However, it also depends on parents to help their kids read and to develop their love for books and reading.
The recommendation is to teach your kid to read and to love books, as reading is and will always be useful for everybody!