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Reading is Essential!!

READING IS FUNDAMENTAL...  and one of the most important skills a child needs to learn to succeed in life. Developing good reading habits is vital to your child’s future not just academically, but in everyday life as well. What can good reading habits do for your child’s development? Here are five reasons to develop reading habits young, and why they are so important:
Reading develops vocabulary: The more your child reads, the more new words will find their way into his vocabulary. Reading allows for exposure to words and phrases that you might not use as part of normal speech. When you read aloud to your child, you are not only helping to prepare them to learn to read, you are also exposing them to rich language they otherwise might not hear.
Reading increases attention span: Allowing them to focus better and for longer periods of time.  It therefore combats the epidemic of poor attention span in today’s children.
Good reading habits prepare children for school: Children who spend a lot of time reading prior to attending school will have an easier time adapting to the reading-focused learning environment in their future classrooms.
Developing reading habits early leads to a lifelong love of books: Children who start reading regularly from an early age are more likely to enjoy it later in life. This will serve them well throughout their education and beyond.
Reading encourages a thirst for knowledge: Children with good reading habits learn more about the world around them, and develop an interest in other cultures. It also leads to asking questions, and seeking answers.
Reading The Reader: A Survey of Australian Reading Habits...   We love reading at Russell Island State School and it is interesting for us to look at some new research about contemporary preferences, behaviours and attitudes of Australians towards books and reading. Please see below the key findings of research by The Australia Council and Macquarie University on this: 
· Australians value and enjoy reading and would like to do it more – reading books ranks higher than browsing the internet and watching television as the leisure activity Australians enjoy the most.
· Readers are mixing new digital options with conventional ways of reading.
· Australians read more than book sales alone suggest – As many borrow books as well.
· The Crime/Mystery/Thriller genre is the favourite and most widely read category.
· Australians value Australian books and the Australian book industry.