Books, Books, Books: Why your kids need them

College savings, RESPs, tutors, good schools, and report cards. These words are all part of today’s parents’ vocabulary in the quest to prepare our children for the future. As parents, it’s fair to say that our children’s future is a huge concern. And without a doubt, we can all agree that education is a big part of it.

But what if I told you that your child could rival people who have graduated university long before they reach that level? What if I told you that this could be accomplished without tutors and private schools and extra homework?

The answer is: Books, books, books!!!
And more books!

The first word revealed by Allah to the Prophet Muhammad was ‘Read!’ [Soorah Alaq 96:1] So it should come as no surprise to us that reading is what makes an educated person.

The key to preparing your child for success is surrounding them with books from an early age. Studies show that children who grow up in a house filled with books have higher literacy, numeracy, and technological capabilities!

And no, not science books, and workbooks, and educational books. Just any book! You see, you are cultivating in them the basic skills that form the foundation of learning.

1. Reading comprehension and a big vocabulary.
Books expose the to words, words that are not everyday vocab. It exposes them to sentence structures and ideas that range beyond their daily experience. In other words, it opens the door for them to experience a million different things. And all without you having to leave the house!

2. Problem-solving.
The range of experiences in the books they’ve read allows kids to foster their imagination and tackle real-world problems with a more diverse set of solutions and ideas.

3. Love of learning.
Reading is not just associated with school anymore. Kids who love reading will pick up books for the rest of their lives and enjoy the new information and perspective. Learning will be for them a lifelong hobby instead of a 4-year prison sentence.

Even if they never pursue a post-secondary education, kids surrounded by books develop comparable intelligence to university graduates who had very few books. And if they do go to college/ university, they will benefit more and do much better.

So fill your homes with books, all different kinds of books. Fiction and non-fiction, picture books and chapter books, fun books, and some boring ones too.

And no you don’t have to get the most expensive books, but don’t go looking in the dollar store only either. Remember it’s your child’s education!