Reading aloud every day is the single most important thing you can do to prepare your child to learn!
Reading aloud can easily become part of your daily routine, before bedtime or naptime or after mealtime. Make it fun! Don't forget funny voices, sound effects, acting out parts of the story, and asking lots of questions. Even a young child can look at pictures, practice turning the pages, and hear you talk about the story. A child is never too young to learn that books are fun, engaging, and something that your family values.
Many parents and caregivers aren't aware of the power of 15 minutes of daily reading aloud. Did you know:
- Some children begin kindergarten having been read to as few as 25 hours, while their peers may have been read to as many as 1,000 hours. Every time you read to your child you are improving their learning advantage;
- By age four, low-income children have heard an average 32 million fewer words than their wealthy peers. Reading aloud is a key way to introduce new vocabulary;
- Even in higher-income household, nearly 40% of families do not read aloud daily;
- If a child is not reading at grade level by the end of the first grade, then there is an 88% probability the child will not be reading at grade level by the end of the fourth grade.
How can you support the cause? It's easy! Spread the word, and continue to read to your child every day, or renew your commitment to do so!
If you like to read stories about silly folks, take pictures, make art, and share in some jokes, if rhyming some words makes you want to shout "woo-za", then come to our marvelous Seuss-a-Palooza at a library near you!