Hidden perils of a child’s silent reading


Reading is a very essential part of growing up and since the time we were young we have been told to read aloud and read as if we are reading to someone. Many people have followed this as youngsters but do not know the value of this habit. In this article we are going to tell you why it is important to read aloud and what are the various problems associated with silent reading.

First and foremost let us understand why it’s important to read.

Reading as aforementioned is very big part of growing up. It helps us in a lot of ways. Parents who have toddlers and infants are advised to read to their children and make them get into the habit of reading from a very young age, so that they develop a very strong bond with reading. Older kids need to be told repeatedly to read instead of spending time with gadgets. This is because they need to know and be informed about a lot of things and books are the best way to know and enhance your knowledge base. Books will build your vocabulary and enhance your comprehension and language skills. While there are many children who adhere to the advice of reading aloud, there are many who don’t and are silent readers.

Silent reading will never give you an indication of any pronunciation problems that might occur

While children are still building on their vocabulary and knowing new words every day, it might be difficult for parents to understand that the child is having a problem with pronouncing a particular word. If the child is a silent reader and is not encouraged to read aloud then this problem will go unnoticed and the child will have to deal with pronunciation problems for long while.

Silent reading results in poor comprehension skills

When a child is reading aloud and is unable to understand or comprehend a particular word or a sentence, you will instantly know that there is a problem and needs to be addressed. But this situation might not arise if the child is reading silently, and you might never come to know the challenges that the child is facing while reading a particular sentence or a word. Hence reading aloud brings all the problems and challenges that the child faces to the fore and you can immediately address them at your end before the problems become bigger and accumulate.

Silent reading can never prepare the child for public speaking

Reading aloud can prepare the child for public speaking, while the child who reads silently will have low confidence levels while reading aloud in public. A silent reader will have low confidence levels when he is suddenly asked to read aloud in public. He might flounder and find himself struggling to face a crowd while reading aloud in a class or a public place. Hence reading aloud can be instrumental in building confidence levels.

When your child reads aloud you can easily make out whether or not he has reading disabilities or problems related to comprehension. You can rectify this problem from the word go when you can identify it. But when a child is a silent reader you might be in the dark regarding the problem for a long while and when you realize it, it might be very late. The sooner you address the problem the better it is for the child and his social and academic achievements.

Hence our elders always advised us to read aloud and read confidently to ward off all the aforementioned problems. It might also be advisable to opt for educational therapy for children to help.