Celebrating World Book Day! 4th March 2021
World Book Day changes lives through a love of books and shared reading. Reading and sharing stories can:
- help to develop a child’s brain, ability to focus, concentration, social skills, and communication skills
- help a child get to know sounds, words, and language, and develop early literacy skills
- learn to value books and stories
- spark a child’s imagination and stimulate curiosity
- help a child learn the difference between ‘real’ and ‘make-believe’
- help a child understand new or frightening events and the strong emotions that come with them
- help a child learn about the world, their own culture and other cultures.
Reading also exercises the brain, since reading is a much more complex task for humans than watching TV, for example, it strengthens brain connects and importantly builds new connections!
It can also help to improve concentration – children have to sit quietly so that they can focus on the story, so if they read often then they will develop the skill to be able to do it longer.
Not only that, reading helps children to develop empathy, as they begin to imagine themselves within the story or situation.
Above all else- reading is fun! It doesn’t take up much space and a book is light enough to carry around. Most importantly, reading doesn’t have to take place indoors… and that’s where we can help too!
We have some great ways to make reading fun, especially in an outdoor environment with our storytelling chairs, rustic benches, and fun animal seats! Children can use the grass animals to sit on, or to use when they submerge themselves within stories!