Reading enjoyment has been reported as more important for children’s educational success than their family’s socio-economic status (OECD, 2002).
Once decoding has been mastered, mature reading skills are ‘best developed by instilling in children a love of literature’ (Reading: The Next Steps; DfE, 2015, p. 4).
If we want our country, and our children, to thrive in the future, we would do well to heed these statistics, and put the joy of reading back into the heart of education and home life. The quest to get every child reading for pleasure is not just an optional extra – it’s an imperative.
The use of iPads in Early Years learning may enhance learning and concentration
“Digital devices have a huge potential to impact on children’s numeracy and literacy in the early years, when teachers have adequate training, and when teaching is intentional and well-planned.”
Dr Jill Dunn.
Reading for pleasure is not always cited as the key reason for children reading. Other reasons include skills-based reasons or reasons to do with learning and understanding (Nestle Family Monitor, 2003; Clark and Foster, 2005). Another popular reason given is emotional – relating to the way reading makes children feel (Dungworth et al, 2004).
Research reports that independent reading is the best predictor of reading achievement (Anderson, Wilson and Fielding, 1988). Reading for pleasure is an activity that has emotional and social consequences (Clark and Rumbold, 2006). Other benefits to reading for pleasure include: text comprehension and grammar, positive reading attitudes, pleasure in reading in later life, increased general knowledge (Clark and Rumbold, 2006).