Five reasons your middle schooler should keep reading
Now that your child is in middle school, she probably spends more time on homework than she did when she was in elementary school. With the increased workload, reading for pleasure may be pretty far down on her list of priorities.
Your child may think that she reads a lot for school and that should be enough. She's wrong! Here are five reasons why your child should make time for pleasure reading:
- Reading can make her an expert. Reading is the best way for your child to learn as much as possible about her areas of interest.
- Reading can take her places. Few people can afford to travel every place they'd like to go. But your child can always travel through a book. And she can gain knowledge to help her set goals to get there in person someday.
- Reading can make her laugh. Appreciating the humor in books helps your child develop thinking skills. It also improves her own sense of humor.
- Reading can make her a detective. A winter day on break is a perfect time for your child to grab a cup of hot chocolate and dive into a great mystery.
- Reading can introduce her to people like herself. In books that feature characters her age, your child is likely to encounter people that think the way she does and have the same issues she is facing.
Source: "Motivating Kids to Read: Teenagers and Reading," Reading is fundamental, niswc.com/mid_read.