Does Reading Make a Difference?

Literacy is one of the main focuses in school.  Children used to learn to read in first or second grade; they are now learning in Kindergarten and sometimes even in Pre-Kindergarten.  Yes, we now have four and five-year-olds who can read.  Children reading at that age used to be considered advanced.  Advanced is now the new normal.  Some children are repeating Kindergarten because they are not reading well enough to advance to first grade.  This may seem strange to an older generation whose kids didn’t have to know how to read upon entering first grade.

 

It is clear that reading is a necessary part of schooling.  When the United States was more primarily an agrarian country, many children did not complete school as their help was needed on the family farm.  If you ever take up researching your genealogy as a hobby, you will see that the old census records often asked if the occupants of the home could read or write and what grade level they had completed in school. You may be quite surprised to find a number of your own relatives who were illiterate or who stopped attending school around sixth grade.  Farming and labor industries were a large part of our society and did not require high school diplomas.

 

College students are required to do a large amount of reading for their coursework.  During these years, they will often abandon leisure reading because they are required to do so much academic reading.  Once college is complete, some young adults are so burnt out on reading, they will only read out of necessity.  Others are happy to resume reading for leisure, now able to enjoy it and read genres and topics of specific interest to them, not just what was assigned by a professor.

 

In today’s world of technology, many people now listen to podcasts or audiobooks in lieu of actually reading.  While driving, this is definitely a good idea!  But, what about when you are home during your leisure time?  Here, people are using tablet devices to read e-books.  However, many people who read e-books still choose to read printed books, as well.  After all, a book’s battery can’t die in the middle of a chapter!

 

Reading is good for you, whether you like it or not!  Keeping our brains active helps keep them healthy.  Research shows that people who do activities such as reading or puzzles could be 2.5 times less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than people who spend time doing less stimulating activities.  We exercise our muscles, and likewise, we need to exercise our brains.  Research even suggests that reading for thirty minutes in a week increases our health and wellbeing.  Reading is a leisurely activity in which you can choose to read something educational or something fun, where you are whisked away to a place full of imaginary adventures.  Reading isn’t a punishment; but rather, it’s a hobby with health benefits!

 

If you are stuck inside during a hurricane, reading can be a great way to help pass the time.  You need light in order to read, though, and you don’t want to use up all your flashlight batteries and candles to do so.  This is just one reason to call us at Brevard Shutter!  We have a variety of hurricane shutters that still allow light into your home during a hurricane.  We offer clear Lexan panels and Armor Shield hurricane fabric.  We also have accordion shutters and roll up shutters for your Palm Bay home. If you are unfamiliar with these products, then let us introduce you to them.  Stop by our showroom in Melbourne, FL where we can show you our products and answer all your questions.  We look forward to meeting you!

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