I often hear people asking, why is reading important? Well, it is important for far too many reasons. But here’s a few i would like to highlight for the benefit of our children.

Firstly, reading is important because it develops the mind. The mind is a muscle and like every other muscle in the body, it needs exercise. 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.
Secondly, reading is also one of the ways we discover new things. The tools are endless in this day and age as we have not only books, but magazines, newspaper, billboards and even the Internet to explore with. A child who knows how to read can easily be educated in any area of life interests.

Thirdly, reading develops the imagination which is essential for growing children. TV and computer games have their place, but they are more like amusement. Amusement is non-thinking activities. With reading, a person can go anywhere in the world…or even out of it! They can be an adventurer, or even a dinosaur. The possibilities are endless. Non-readers never experience these joys to the same extent.

I could go on and on but let me just end here for today with the old saying, “The pen is mightier than the sword”. Not only has it helped us spread Islam better over the century, it has also helped us develop nations and a better living. Insyallah, in my next post perhaps i will share an Islamic though about reading.

Here’s a peek at what went on in Kelantan over the weekend 🙂

As a mother of five children, I am very passionate about Islamic early child care and education. Alhamdulillah. Besides being a Founder and Executive Director of Integrated Islamic School Shah Alam (IISSA), my path has also taken me into being the trainer, consultant and academic author of The Little Caliphs Program, an Islamic-English-Creative preschool program which I run alongside my husband Haji Roslan bin Nordin.

This creative pre-school curriculum integrates the basic teaching of Islam with other basic knowledge and skills such as reading, writing, drawing, Math, and English. One of my visions among many is to cultivate the ability to read in all young children around the world at the tender age of 4. Furthermore, I would love for this program to be adopted by kindergartens all over the world so that children will have the correct understanding and positive attitude towards Islam, Insya Allah.

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