The Rules of Silence

Srijaya Char
Silent reading helps in easy comprehension. The technique also reinforces the eye-mind relationship.
Speed readings coupled with good comprehension are markers of proficient reading. This can be taught to children when they are very young. One effective method is ‘silent reading’. It requires the effort, concentration and patience of both students and teachers.

When my daughter was three-and-a-half, she would pick up books and keep flipping through, pretending to read even when the book had absolutely no pictures. I never pushed her to read and hence was amazed at her patience in looking through printed words which made no sense to her. I would call her and give her a book with a lot of pictures and tell her, “Look through this. It will be more interesting.” She would refuse to do so. She would stubbornly say, “I can read.”

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