'The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.'
Dr. Seuss hit the nail on the head with this quote.
One of the first skills that any parent desires for his/her kid is the art of reading. The importance of speed reading for children can’t be overemphasized. The benefits arising out of speed reading can take the children a long way ahead from their present standing. The following form a non-exhaustive list of the benefits that the children may receive from speed reading.
Faster means more!
The faster you read, the more you end up reading within a stipulated time period. As a child, there is no substitute to soaking in knowledge from all the available literary sources. Knowing more things than your counterpart is one of the best morale boosters for anyone. And for a child, it can do wonders to his/her confidence.
Jack of all fields
The narrow knowledge of certain people can be traced to either their lack of interest in reading or their slow reading skills. These people usually shy away from taking part in any social chat due to their lack of knowledge. For a child who is an exponent of speed reading, this would never be the case. ‘More than basic’knowledge of a number of fields is a common trait among speed reading experts. Children with such skills go on to take part in a number of discussions.
Brings out the orator in you
The symbiotic relation between reading and speaking is a well known fact. All well know orators have been known to be avid readers. Any orator is judged as much on his/her content of speech as on the delivery of the content. While lack of knowledge can only allow you to blabber as an orator, it is only the ones with a wide knowledge base who can go on till the time they desire. This high level of knowledge is a common trait among the speed readers. So if you are looking to end up as a renowned orator, you know exactly which skill to master first!
One of the biggest myths regarding speed reading is that it has got nothing to do with the understanding of whatever is being read. On the contrary, speed reading enhances the understanding of the children to a large extent. Speed reading goes a long way in enhancing the child’s memory which comes in handy in multiple areas.
Creativity reaches new heights
‘Creativity’has been the buzz word of late. While some say it is over-rated, the fact remains that it is essential to succeed in every field. Speed reading helps the children in learning different perspectives, thus making them think on much more creative lines than the usual orthodox ones.
Dreams get bigger
Dreaming small is a thing of the past. Every parent encourages his/her child to think big. Nothing enhances the thinking of a child in a way that reading does. Speed reading exposes the child to millions of perspectives. These increased opportunities present a chance to the child to think big. Moreover, speed reading also gives the child a chance to learn about how to fulfil his/her dreams.
An improved focus
Terming speed reading as an easy skill to conquer would be highly incorrect. Mastering the techniques involved in speed reading demands a highly focused approach. As a result, children practicing speed reading get into the knack of concentrating deeply on the task at hand. Going forward, this skill helps them in a number of ways, apart from just going through lengthy paragraphs in a jiffy.
Did we mention an edge in studies?
Of all the noticeable benefits with speed reading gives to the children, an edge in studies would be the dearest to the parents! Speed reading gives the child an obvious advantage over his/her colleagues which sets the tone for the rest of his/her career.
Enhanced logical and critical skills
Speed reading is a mental exercise that pushes the brain to come out of its comfort zone and work out. This training helps the brain get into a habit of faster processing of information. The brain becomes apt at sorting out the information at a much faster pace. You would be able to see the real outcomes ones you take up mental activities such as chess and puzzles.
No better hobby for a child
For a child, there can’t be a better hobby than reading. A child with reading as a hobby is a parent’s delight! Apart from the world of opportunities it opens for the child, speed reading also opens the young brains of the children to different perspectives which majorly help in shaping their thinking for the time to come.
Self confidence reaches its peak
Confidence in one’s own ability is a major factor influencing the career graph of a child. Speed reading shoots up the confidence of the child and helps him/her exceed his/her potential. This goes much beyond the classroom and helps the child in all the activities he/she aspires to take up in the future.