It is perhaps the poorest myth of our time that reading is a habit of the artistic, of the idealistic, of the introverted. It is a common misconception that reading is nothing more than a gateway to the fantastical. At Karadi Path, backed by research into the varied benefits of reading, we think differently.
Inculcated at a young age, the reading habit is a complex dynamic that nurtures both rigour of thought as well as creativity. A young reader exercises their decoding, comprehending, and predicting abilities. When reading is made a habit at this age, these cognitive processes are kindled and developed intuitively.
It is obvious, of course, that the ability to decode, comprehend and predict is important in any field of engagement. This means your child displays an enhanced capacity to absorb and process diverse information when at school. Reading, when nurtured at home, increases your child’s academic keenness and analytical ability, and activates creativity and critical thinking skills.
Our belief in the potential of the reading habit, however, draws from a far more magical effect. Reading, in the young child, inspires both visualization and imagining. Children constantly imagine and reimagine the stories they read. A young reader learns how to best inhabit their own mind. As they read, children inspire in their minds colours, sounds and smells. Characters come alive to create the most vivid carnival – they enact not only the narratives in the storybooks your child reads but also go on to organically interact beyond that scope. This theatre of the mind, nurturing consequently both independent and imaginative thought in the young child, is the greatest benefit of raising a young reader. As we know, an early reader grows into an enthusiastic and voracious reader. Reading is perhaps the most important and empowering life-skill a child can have in today's world.