We all know that reading is the way to good writing, and even more, reading is actually the foundation of all learning. But why?
Literacy is the foundation of all learning.
One of the U.S. Senators, Patty Murray, a former educator, mentioned that “if students don’t have a strong foundation in reading and writing, there is very little else we can do to help them succeed in the modern world.”
According to an article in The Guardian, children who frequently read books at age 10 and read more than once per week at age 16 had higher test results than those who read less. Reading for pleasure was linked to higher academic achievement in vocabulary, spelling and even mathematics. Not only academic achievement, but literacy also brings positive impacts to kids behaviorally, economically, and even health.
The Key to Good Writing is Reading.
Stephen King had advised that an aspiring writer should read something like five hours a day. But how exactly reading could improve writing skills? According to one of Wendy Rider’s article, Improving Student Writing through Reading Strategies, in her 20+ years of experience teaching writing, composition courses emphasize documentation, but students also learn about essay content and structure from exposure to effective models. Below are her findings of how reading intersects with writing:
So, how to find books for your kids? Let Lighthouse help you. We will regularly share our recommendations on books, with a variety of topics, for different ages as well as reading levels. Follow our blogs to pick books for your kids and develop their lifelong reading habits as young as possible. You’d also join our reading clubs, writing class, English Journalism, and other humanity camps like Ancient Greece/ Greek Myth. There’s also Storytelling for younger ones, age 4-6.