Why Kids Should Read Novels During SSR Time
Reading fiction actually makes us smarter. It builds the kinds of “Tier 2” vocabulary (rich words for familiar concepts) and background knowledge so important for further reading and learning. And, according to a 2014 study, becoming engrossed in a novel actually enhances connectivity in the brain and improves brain function! Not surprisingly, reading fiction was found to flex the imagination. But it also improved readers’ ability to feel compassion for others. (Read more about this research in Psychology Today.)
Fiction also helps us understand our world. As Thomas Erlich and Ernestine Fu say in their June 2015 article in Forbes Magazine, “we learn much about how best to live our lives in ways that can only be captured by fiction. In fact, we think “fiction” is a misnomer…“Fiction” means “untrue,” and the best stories and novels contain wisdom for living that cannot be captured in any other way.
Makes a pretty good case for making kids read novels during DEAR time, doesn’t it?