How to develop the art of reading?

A girl reading.

Reading has a direct influence on our lives.

The kind of work we do, how much we get out of life, the skills we develop for our vocation or relaxation-all are directly related to our reading ability.

Possibly the most exciting part of our education is our learning to read, for it opens up new worlds of knowledge to us.

Without the ability to read, much of this richness of learning and experience is denied us.

If you do not derive pleasure from reading, do not be discouraged and feel that you can never do so when you were a child, did a few falls discourage you from learning how to walk?

Did you stop cooking because your first few meals were failures?

Did you quit your job because you made mistakes while learning your trade?

You continued on because you saw the need and the benefit that came with accomplishment.

Do not misjudge the need and benefit of skillful reading.

Developing your reading skills

You may find television and comics easier, but your appreciation for life will be dulled if these things are not controlled for the sake of your reading.

Milk is fine for babies, but adults need solid food to build strong bodies.

Our minds,‘too, need more than baby food.

The mind needs the stimulation that comes from reading.

It can be compared to exercising the body.’

A weight lifter uses weights to develop his muscles.

He does not practice with feathers.

To build thinking ability, our minds need exercise, not just the feather weight loads of television, radio and picture magazines.

As with sports, reading well requires a certain amount of hard exercise and practice.

Similarly, it can be a source of delight and satisfaction.

Check your reading habits.

If you find your eye comes to rest after each word, you probably read less than 150 words a minute, which is slow.

Avoid reading word by word.

Train your eye to catch several words at a time.

Then learn to read phrases and finally entire sentences.

Get ideas, not words.

Fifteen or thirty minutes a day spent practicing will soon bring rich rewards!

Reading aloud is also good practice, but it should not replace silent reading.

Most of us read like the hunt-and-peck typist, not utilizing our capabilities to the full.

How much more effective the expert typist is as his fingers race over the keyboard accurately!

Our reading can be like that when our eyes are trained to speed over the material with understanding.

Speed is to be cultivated without sacrificing understanding.

Of course, speed will vary with the type of material.

Parents should help their children read by systematic home training.

A regular time should be set aside each week for family reading to guide the child’s training and interests, which is something the school cannot do by itself.

At first, parents can read to their children to stimulate their interest in the art.

They must set the example by reading themselves.

If the parents do not read, the child may develop the same bad habit.

As the child learns, it should read aloud at times so the parents can encourage improvement.