Why should schools care about recreational reading?

Why should schools care about recreational reading?

Should teachers set aside time during the school day for kids to read for pleasure?  Yes. Should schools do more to encourage kids to become recreational readers? Yes. Will there be enough of a payoff for our education system even if it means less time spent on other things? Yes  The answer to all these questions is most certainly yes.

Reading for pleasure, recreational reading, free voluntary reading, personal reading– whatever  you want to call it–  is built upon the intrinsic goal of reading because it directly benefits the reader: Reading for the sake of reading.  Yet there are myriad indirect benefits that come from recreational reading, many of which lead to profoundly positive educational outcomes.

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A teacher should care that a student reads for pleasure, because reading brings pleasure to the student!  However, more than that, a teacher can also point to so many other benefits that come from recreational reading that will pay off in terms of academic achievement, social learning and character education.

If teachers (or parents, or administrators) are worried that the kids are missing out on valuable educational lessons, please remember this: Students who read more for pleasure will do better in school.  Recreational reading has many, many indirect educational benefits to students. Students who do more recreational reading will see improvements in vocabulary, writing skills, grammar, spelling, comprehension, critical thinking, concentration and so many other skills that are essential to one’s overall education.

Moreover, students who read more for pleasure will grow in social and emotional learning, as students can share in the experiences of different people, growing in empathy and understanding for people all backgrounds, ages, genders, orientations, beliefs and cultures.

As if those weren’t enough reasons for reading, here are some more. Reading books can help mitigate against the harmful effects of too much time spent on phones and in front of other screens. One simple and yet important example of this is that studies show that people who read from books or magazines before bed will sleep better than those who are looking at screens before trying to fall asleep.

There are so many reasons to read.

Schools need to do more to encourage kids to read for reading’s sake.  In doing so, the school will reap the rewards of having kids who do better in school.


 

October is International School Library Month
and Canadian Library Month.

 

Reading Room

Looking for a comfy, quiet place to read?
Come to our Reading Room in the School Library.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


October is International School Library Month
and Canadian Library Month.

Need a place for silent reading?

HPIM0976.JPGAre you looking for a quiet, comfortable place do some reading?  Come down to your school library and our Silent Reading area. There you will find some comfy chairs and a quiet space to enjoy some silent reading. You can come down during the SSR period, or anytime during the day– it is silent reading in that area all day, every day. No homework, no screens, no talking, just wonderful, wonderful reading.

 

Why SSR?

Why SSR?  (Reason #6 of 3,487,659) The more you read, the better you get at it. When you get better at something you want to do it more. The more you do it, the better you get at it. And so on. SSR helps you read better and SSR helps you want to read more! You will get to the point where you sometimes have a book you just can’t put down.

Of course, even better:  (Reason #1) Reading for fun is fun.

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source: “Into the Wild”