Read­ing and writ­ing is vi­tal

The Cairns Post - - VIEWS -

IS read­ing a lost art?

Are chil­dren and young peo­ple so ab­sorbed in their elec­tronic de­vices, play­ing games, watch­ing movies, tex­ting, In­sta­gram­ming and Face­book­ing, that they no longer can read a won­der­ful book of lit­er­a­ture?

We don’t think so and that is why the Cairns Post joins News Corp ti­tles across the coun­try to launch the Raise a Reader con­sumer ad­vo­cacy cam­paign in part­ner­ship with Aus­tralia Post to­day.

Raise A Reader is News Corp’s con­sumer ed­u­ca­tion and ad­vo­cacy cam­paign, de­signed to high­light the im­por­tance of de­vel­op­ing early lit­er­acy skills among Aus­tralian chil­dren and the crit­i­cal role par­ents play as ed­u­ca­tors and role mod­els in demon­strat­ing a love for read­ing.

It com­ple­ments the launch of Aus­tralia Post’s Le­gends stamp se­ries which this year recog­nises Aus­tralia’s lead­ing chil­dren’s au­thors, to be an­nounced on Jan­uary 17.

It also is part of the Fuse pro­gram as part of Ready, Set, Go and gives our read­ers valu­able in­for­ma­tion in the back-to-school pe­riod.

The more young chil­dren read sto­ries and are read to, the greater their in­ter­est in mas­ter­ing read­ing.

Read­ing out loud ex­poses chil­dren to proper gram­mar and phras­ing. It en­hances the de­vel­op­ment of their spo­ken lan­guage skills and their abil­ity to ex­press them­selves ver­bally.

Read­ing helps them with their writ­ing and ver­bal skills which are vi­tal as they start their ca­reers, it de­vel­ops the mind and un­der­stand­ing the writ­ten word is one way the mind grows in its abil­ity.

Teach­ing young chil­dren to read helps them de­velop their lan­guage skills. It also helps them learn to lis­ten. Nick Dal­ton Deputy ed­i­tor

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