Wigiwama: Is reading beneficial to children?


‘Reading should not be presented to children as a chore, a duty. It should be offered as a gift.’ 

- Charles Scribner, Jr

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Whether you’re still a keen reader yourself, or you’ve struggled to find the time over the last few months or years to enjoy reading, it’s been such an important thing and skill to us all. It might have been something you discovered at school, something you disliked or something that has allowed you to more recently be mindful and find a little habit of self-care, but the importance of this has never escaped you. Reading is a crucially important skill that everyone deserves to have. 


In this post, we’re going to look at some of the benefits of reading. From how it can help us talk about subjects with our little ones, what the importance of this learnt skill is and how it can facilitate a way of understanding with and for our little ones. 


The benefits to reading to your child


Our little ones have been learning our voices since they were 23 weeks old. Maybe the people around you thought you were going mad, but if you didn’t know this fact already you were probably instinctively talking or singing to them in your tummy. Once they were in your arms, you’ve most likely spent many hours chatting away to them helping them learn language and communication skills. 


The idea of reading to them has also most likely come naturally to you too and there are multiple benefits to this. 

1. Just like talking and singing to them, you’re helping their cognitive development. The time you invest in reading to them helps them to strengthen these skills. 
2. You’re inspiring their creativity, helping them to increase their concentration levels and all whilst improving their language skills. 
3. This time is a beautiful bonding time. There’s nothing like spending those moments quietly with them, learning new things and helping them develop a relationship with an important skill - something they’ll remember forever!

Picture Books


The picture book shouldn’t be dismissed because of its lack of words and therefore ‘inefficiency’ to be read. These books are great for bridging the gap between them being able to read the words themselves but their creativity growing. They may be showing great interest in books because of the interesting adventures they hold, but you’re not wanting to constrict this because they aren’t quite there yet. This is where picture books come in. You can have that quality time and they can be excited to read to you, but whilst making it up and using that creativity! 


(We also know how great these books are for even smaller children and are thinking about the times we’ve pointed at a cartoon cow and heard moo noises come out of our little one!)


Books with important messages


We live in a world that sometimes feels complicated to us let alone our little ones. With the internet being so accessible and so many of us relying on it so frequently, messaging can often get blurred in speed. Our little ones are being inquisitive about things we would never have heard of at their age, but again, we don’t want to crush their curiosity. We’re lucky to live in the world of the internet and this means if our little ones are asking questions we’re unsure about, the likelihood is, another parent has had this trouble too and we can reach out to them. This also means there is a huge variety of books available now that discuss these topics making it easier for us to explain things and allowing our children to be able to openly and easily ask questions.

 

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Inspiring children to read on their own 


As our children begin to get older and show more independence, we’d most likely rather they spend more time away from screens than with them. Reading makes a perfect outlet, so of course, it’s a habit we’d like them to form and continue with independently. 


We believe the environment they’re given can make a huge difference in this. Offering a comfortable space, all of their own helps to encourage quiet learning with books and independence. One of our favourites is the Wigiwama VELVET DEEP BLUE BUNNY BEANBAG with its rich colour but the ease of being moved to any place, their special place can be anywhere. 


Giving them their own space 


On the topic of creating a special environment for them, sometimes there comes a shyness with reading. When learning a new skill and the confidence isn’t there yet, our children sometimes prefer to have a much more secluded space to investigate in. This is another reason we love the Wigiwama TeePees but also the Wigiwama Canopies. Both of these provide a little one with covered space to really get involved with their adventures and have their own little sanctuary. 


Making the habit stick


Comfort is key; for both you and your child. Forming a habit for the two of you will only work if you’re both enjoying it. The time it takes to form a habit varies from person to person. You might know it takes you 30 days, but for your best friend, it might take 2 months. Setting you and your little one up for success is the crucial element; it will make you want to keep coming back each day. Although the styling of beanbags hasn’t changed much since their first invention, the Wigiwama seating range has got the colour schemes and materials that truly make the difference (and the filling!) For you and your little one, you can choose from traditional to lounger in a colour that suits your home but will make you want to keep going back for cuddles and reading sessions. 


So of course, reading is incredibly beneficial. It’s a skill that they need and will want to develop, but it also can help us talk to them and educate them on many topics. They’ll also develop their creativity, learn how to form a healthy habit (even if they don’t know it yet!) and ultimately give both of you incredibly valuable time with one another.