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Why Read?

Understanding the importance and value of reading in our daily lives.

Jacqui Denaro

on 18 November 2013

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The importance and value of reading for all students at Narangba Valley State High School
Reading for Pleasure
A 2012 study by Goldman and Manis,
into the the impacts of reading has
proven that reading for 30 minutes a
day ACTUALLY grows your brain!

MRI machines have shown that reading uses a variety of areas of the brain. It creates more neural pathways along with making pre-existing pathways to stronger and thicker.

The scientists further commented on their surprise at, "how much the whole brain transformed in shifting from pleasure to close reading, and in regions far beyond those associated with attention and executive functions."
The 10 Benefits of Reading
Enhances Intelligence
Those that read have a higher GPA and greater intelligence.
Along with a much more extensive general knowledge than those that don’t.
Reduces Stress
When you read your mind shifts gears.
A book can distract you and allow you to stop focusing on whatever it is that has you worked up!
Provides Tranquility
Reading is a very soothing activity. It requires you to sit, be still and quiet.
It does wonders for all, particularly those 'kangaroo' types.
Improves Analytical Thinking
Readers improve their general knowledge; and more importantly, are able to spot patterns quicker.

If you can spot patterns quickly, your analytical skills are boosted.
Increases Vocabulary
It’s no secret that reading enhances your vocabulary.
It forces us to look at words we may not normally come across.
The bottom line is this:
The greater our vocabulary, the easier we can accurately express ourselves and be better human beings!
Better Memory Retention
In addition to increasing your vocabulary, reading also creates better spellers.
This happens as your memory is utilised whilst reading new words.These words are retained almost subconsciously.
Develops Writing Skills
Artists are made to re-create masterpieces so they can ‘feel’ what it is like to make something amazing.
In the same way reading (particularly the classics) allows us to ‘know’ what it is to write a literary masterpiece.
The more you read,
the better your writing
will become!
Prioritising Goals
Reading gives your mind the chance to show you things about yourself and the things you’d really like to do.

If the same sort of goals keep popping into your head, then you can see what you really want to do.
Nurturing a Love of Reading
Reading is beneficial both academically and socially. Ms Baker notes that reading, reading aloud and discussing what we've read:
- gives us the ability express ourselves more clearly and easily
- sharpens our brains
- develops the ability to concentrate
- helps us to solve problems logically

Her article is backed up by research from a recent
German review of 146 international studies and
10,000 students. They concluded that, "children
who read a lot end up higher on the social ladder.”
As well as, "avid readers not only score higher on
language and reading skills but success at school
and intelligence."
“Books are the
cornerstone of childhood
education and
development,” says
Julie Wells
(president of CBCA).
So basically...


The pattern of correlations
indicates that individuals
with more print exposure
(books) had thicker cortices
within the left-hemisphere
reading network.

Converging evidence for the relationship between reading experience and cortical thickness comes from the “pleasure reading” and particularly pleasure reading for at least 30 minutes a day was shown to actually “grow” the brain.

"we saw literary analysis activating areas of the brain that we use to place ourselves spatially in the world and areas dedicated to physical activity.”

Reading is even
beneficial for
playing sport and
manual tasks!
Phillips noted that,
Develops Spelling
Reading for 30 minutes a day means that your brain is automatically processing thousands of words.
Dr. Carol Christensen's studies and the NVSHS "Speed into Reading" literacy program proves that automaticity is the key to improving spelling. Thus, if students read for 30 minutes
a day then they will be automatically and subconsciously
processing words. This will in turn boost their ability
to spell accurately.
Enhances intelligence
Reduces stress
Provides tranquility
Improves analytical thinking
Better memory retention
Develops writing skills
Helps you prioritise goals
Increases your vocabulary
Develops spelling ability
Teaches life lessons
Teaches Life Lessons
Reading opens up our eyes to fantastical worlds, periods in history, futuristic scenarios, other cultures and lifeforms.

It requires students to put themselves into the shoes of another character and see the world from their point of view.
Sometimes this is uncomfortable, yet amazingly rewarding! The jewel of this endeavour is the empathy developed by leaving our "little world" and entering the world of the novel.

It is morals, values, cultural differences, ideas and emotions experienced that teach us valuable life lessons.
by Fiona Baker from "The Sunday Mail" 09/12/12
A book is the stimulus that fires up a person's imagination and teaches us to visualise scenarios.
However, the
MOST important part is the absolute joy that is found in reading!
Ways to Encourage Reading
* Set aside regular reading time (30mins a day)
* Ensure you have somewhere comfortable and
safe so you can relax
* Take advantage of your school and local
* Utilise the knowledge and expertise of the
librarians for great books to read
* Model good reading habits
* Encourage positive discussion of books
Finally, if all of this was not encouragement enough; here's one last 'thing' to convince you!
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