The Value of Independent Reading for Kids
One way to foster a love of reading is by granting kids the freedom to choose the books that interest them. Kids learn best when they are actively engaged with the text.
Newman finds that age 8 is a critical turning point for young readers, as they begin to read independently. Newman encourages parents and teachers to ease this transition by taking the time to read aloud with kids — making reading a social activity.
We should define ‘reading for fun,’ as ‘enjoyable independent reading,’ which means letting kids choose books they will enjoy reading. And when they enjoy what they are reading, they will finish the book and learn and absorb whatever that book is about. (neaToday)