Imagine the film of a camera. Pretend that the film represents your brain. Now imagine using the camera to take a picture of a car. When a picture is taken, the film is exposed to new information -- that of the image of a car. In order for the image to be retained, the film must react to the light and adapt to record the image of the car. Similarly, for new knowledge to be retained in memory, changes in the brain representing the new knowledge must occur. Brain Plasticity or primarily known as neuroplasticity makes all of this possible. It helps brain restructure physically, mentally, emotionally, environmentally and more. Moreover, brain plasticity is a milestone which extensively benefits a child’s development especially while recovering from an injury, boosting the abilities of the memories and helping them with effective learning.
It’s believed that during early development stages of a child, enhancing reading skills should not necessarily be about studies or exam. Children should read the books that suit their interests. In fact, a study by The Guardian clearly states that reading for fun, boosts the neurological powers of a child.
Every person enjoys a story but narration by a friend or a family member, makes it more engaging. Similarly, when parents or teachers narrate a story to a child, he/she starts associating it with current experiences. In fact, Tzipi Horowitz-Kraus- the program director for Cincinnati Children Hospital’s department of Reading and Literacy Discovery and pediatrician Dr. John S. Hutton state that reading out to a child immensely affects the child’s behavior and academic performance.
For any bibliophile, a library is their sanctuary. A one-stop destination that provides a safe and positive haven for the young readers. Introduction to new stories, reading activities, art zones, family areas, interactive games are some of the factors that cater to brain development along with improving literacy skills, analytical skills and overall growth of a child.