Reading activates the whole human being. According to Vincent Jouve, reading actually activates five simultaneous mental processes...
- Neurophysiological process: when symbols flow to the brain.
- Cognitive process: to comprehend the meaning of words.
- Argumentative process: when we decide if we agree.
- Cultural process: when we integrate our readings into our previous knowledge.
- Affective process: when reading provokes emotions.
The sum of these five elements, adds up to, what we call, reading literacy, our ability of reading and understanding written texts. These emotions also engage children to reading, while they discover they can relate fiction stories with their own lives.
What else happens when children read?
On top of these mental processes that involve both physical and emotional feelings, reading fosters imagination, vocabulary and build bonds between parents and children sharing the joy of reading together.
Reading aloud or reading together with your child is only a matter of spending 15 minutes per day, the 1% of your time. We, as parents, must motivate our children to read, remember:
Read 5 minutes a day and keep the illiteracy away.