We send our children off to School to learn to read and write but what if our children grow up surrounded by books to discover a passion for reading before they even start school?
The World Economic Forum recently published findings from a paper called “Scholarly culture: How books in adolescence enhance adult literacy, numeracy and technology skills in 31 societies.” The study carried out between 2011 and 2015 found that those with 80 books or more had higher levels of literacy, numeracy Information Communication Technology (ICT).
The results were so striking that it showed children brought up with a home library with a High School Education were as literate, numerate and technologically apt than those with a University Degree that didn’t grow up with books.
The positive effects of a home library
Growing up in an environment of reading and learning fosters a lifelong passion for learning and seeking knowledge.
Reading many books helps develop related skills, these skills may even help forge a successful career.
Why books are so beneficial to child development
Growing up with books promotes a love of learning and seeking knowledge.
“adolescent exposure to books is an integral part of social practices that foster long term cognitive competencies.”
Reading a variety of books can help individuals learn knew skills and interests that could form life long passions such as conservation or working with children.
Reading become part of routines and enhance cognitive competencies. These competencies enhance literacy and numeracy skills.