Do you ever think about how important reading is? My daughter is 8, and she is just now entering the stage of life where reading comes easily to her. She is able to look at almost anything and decode what it says. She loves learning new facts and constantly tells me about the things she learns.
“Did you know, Mom, that insects have 6 legs?”
Did you know the jawbone is called the mandible?”
Did you know?”
If she couldn’t read, she would only know these things if someone told her.
I believe that reading and writing are two of the most important skills you can have in life. One educates you on everything and the other helps you communicate with others.
I talk a lot about the importance of effective writing skills here at Daily Mayo, but I don’t talk as often about the importance of reading. I could not imagine what my life would be like if I couldn’t read, or if I hadn’t been inspired toward a love of reading as a young child.
According to the Educational Testing Service, the more reading materials there are in a home, the better children are at reading. According to Begin to Read, a literacy advocacy site, one in four children reach adulthood with a 4th grade reading level or lower. A study from 2003 found that 22 percent of adults functioned at the Below Basic reading level, meaning they only possessed the most basic of reading skills learned in first and second grade.
These surprising statistics show that literacy is not as widespread as it should be. The best way to counteract these problems is by promoting literacy from a young age.
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