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September 13, 2012

Think About It: Reading is Right

Last week I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to read to and talk to kids again at Moanalua Middle School during their annual X-Treme Reading Kickoff event. The reading program at MMS is well-run and well-coordinated by passionate teachers and administrators, and this year's focus is on visualization. Visualization asks kids to open up their minds to really see what is being read to them or by them.

One of the many problems of our techno-crazed society today is that a new generation of kids is growing up so wired and so connected that they are not using certain parts of their brain that reading and visualizing help to stimulate. And with disuse comes atrophy, making it harder to pick up and learn new ideas as the years go on. Much like the game of chess forces the player to think a few moves ahead, visualizing while reading allows creative readers to look ahead as to what might be coming up. Reading can improve creativity, relieve stress, teach kids to focus, and helps to remove them, at least or a while, from the sensory overload of electronic contraptions, including TV. Can your kids turn of their cell phone or wireless device for a few hours without sweating or going into spasms? Can you?

Whether it's a book, a magazine, an intriguing website, a fun story- whatever the vehicle may be, take the time to encourage your kids to read, and let them know that reading helps the brain just like jogging and nutritional food help the body. Another way to look at it is, the more stuff you know and store in your brain, the most interested you may be in the world and the more interesting you may be to others, which sure helps as you grow older and search for jobs, significant others, and maybe even the meaning of life. Hook a kid on reading today, and everyone wins. Think about it… 

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