Reading is an exercise to the mind which helps the child develop his/her imagination and thinking skills. It is one of the habits which helps us improve our concentration. Reading helps us to change our thinking, it helps us to change our perspective and be open-minded by accepting the world, things, people, their beliefs, their culture, their values, the way they are.
At Gaudium, we use various strategies to promote reading and encourage students to read more. This year with the virtual classes we have taken the initiative to conduct D.E.A.R time virtually for our students of Grade 1 to 5, from 17th August to 21st August. The geckos were very enthusiastic about having this ‘Drop Everything And Read’ time. Each one of them enjoyed reading the book of their choice which included picture books, chapter books with a huge variety of genres, nonfiction, magazines and also newspapers. The students were happy and excited about the D.E.A.R. time event where they sat with their teachers and read together. It was really an elated moment for the teacher-librarians to see the students reading books of their choice very quietly and sharing about what they have read.
We strongly believe that helping a child to develop a love for reading is very important and essential. If a child develops a love for reading at a very young age it will remain a life-long habit and for sure they will pass the same to the future generations.
This famous quote by Dr Seuss is one of our favourites:
The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.
A book in our hands can take us to a different world, a different land, it makes us meet characters who are similar or much like us, or to the people who are totally different from us. It is a wonderland.
As truly said by George R.R. Martin, “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies; The man who never reads lives only one”.