Monday, January 9, 2012
Quote: Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. It is wholesome and bracing for the mind to have its faculties kept on the stretch. - August Hard
That is what reading does to your child's mind (and yours). Reading exercises the mind so that you can retain information, develop beautiful visual images of your own making, use all of your senses and actually use your brain to make sense of those squiggles in front of you. So many people have made exercise one of the top New Year's resolutions in their life this season and so it should be to include not only your physical bodies but your mind and heart as well. Yes, I said heart for reading. When you read a book the characters, settings, plots and themes become real to you. The words go deep into your brain for processing and you imagine those words into your own personal reality. Your mind computes all this written data but the meaning gets imprinted into your heart and spirit forever. That is why people smile and get a warm, fuzzy feeling when they come across a book that they loved from their childhood. There is just something magical about capturing those same childhood feelings you got when you read that book as a child. Read to your child. Exercise his/her imagination. Your child will be more creative, more articulate, more connected to this world and the world of make - believe. Technology and television are fine but the images and dialogue that they produce are from their brains and their perspective not yours. I don't know about you but often after I read a great book and then go see the movie that Hollywood produced I am often disappointed, not because the movie is bad, but that I envisioned the book so differently. What my mind had imagined from the text is a far cry from how a Hollywood interpreted the text. When you read you make books your own. Read on. Imagine on today. Give this gift to your child today.