You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
Some people believe that engaging in an active pastime does more to develop children’s life skills than time spent reading. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.
REPORTED ON 19 FEBRUARY, 2022 (CBT)
It is argued that a child will develop life skills more effectively when she is allowed to engage in some pastime activities than making her read books. I feel the extent to which these skills are acquired is based on the child and her living circumstances.
On the one hand, when children engage in any active pastime, the best part of it is that it keeps their mind absorbed in it. To be precise, unlike adults, children are keen observers and learners, and the interest in doing activities like gardening, painting and writing a role play makes them constantly learn. This type of learning is much more effective than theoretical learning because children learn a lot of life skills like problem-solving passively. Even though there are less opportunities and time constraints for a modern child to do such activities, if done, most children like those, and it definitely makes them equipped with some essentials skills of future.
On the other hand, one cannot ignore the invaluable benefits for children when they read. To be clearer, when children read, the doors of knowledge are opened widely before them, with which they can explore numerous things, which can hardly be seen or experienced in their real life situation. When skills like problem-solving and communication are more effectively learned by doing some pastime activities, reading boosts the imagination and creativity of a child in a better way. Although reading is possible for a child in most circumstances, not many children are interested in doing so.
To conclude, it is obvious that engaging children in an active pastime helps them in developing some life skills. Reading too assists children to acquire such skills, but the level of this acquisition can be hardly measured as it depends on the interest and the situation in which the child lives.