How Important is Reading?
Countless studies have been conducted about the importance of "Reading To" or "Reading With" the developing minds of children. Researchers and Doctors have, for many years, reinforced the idea that the first five years of a child's life will help form the adult that they will become. What a child is exposed to during this time not only forms their later cognitive abilities but their moral foundation and character traits. Reading with children and teaching children to read stories with positive, uplifting messages will open up a world of opportunity and imagination. Every child, regardless of their circumstances, deserves this gift.
Below are some additional resources that reinforce the importance of reading:
“…the American Academy of Pediatrics issued its first-ever policy statement focused on literacy promotion, calling for pediatricians to advise all parents about the many benefits of reading aloud, which promotes literacy and social-emotional skills. “Reading with young children is a joyful way to build strong and healthy parent-child relationships and stimulate early language development, …”
“… strong reading skills are critical to a child’s success in school, impacting everything from English class to their performance in math... In a survey last year of more than 2,000 educators... 90 percent of respondents indicated that the children in their programs would be more enthusiastic readers if they had access to books with characters, stories and images that reflect their lives and their communities."
“… We all want bright, smart children, which is why we spend so much time choosing the right schools and making sure teachers are exceeding expectations. But remember: as a parent, you have the power to boost your children’s learning potential simply by making books an integral part of their lives...are you familiar with the specific advantages your toddler or preschool-age child can receive by being exposed to the merits of reading?"
“There are many ways to say “I love you” to your children, without actually uttering those three small-but-mighty words.
Below are my seven favorite alternatives, which also double-duty as “Empowering Life Philosophies” for raising kids who feel resilient — kids who feel deep inside themselves that they have what it takes to bounce back from life’s assorted (and sordid!) challenges."
"... are some age-based tips for selecting your baby's first books. As she grows, you can tailor your choices to match her interests. Aim to read at least a book a day.
By the second half of the first year, babies begin to participate actively in the reading process — first by chewing, later by pointing and babbling. Choose books to satisfy a seemingly endless amount of curiosity. Expose your child to the world through bright pictures of interesting objects."
“… It’s undeniable that a child’s reading skills are important to their success in school, work, and life in general. And it is very possible to help ensure your child’s success by reading to them starting at a very early age.
Continue reading to learn more about the top benefits of reading to children and how reading can support them for the future"