Literacy: The importance of reading

Literacy: Why the importance of reading can never be overestimated

We all know that reading is important, so much information that we take in is by reading something. But do we know how important literacy actually is?
Here are some interesting facts from blog.savethechildren.org : “When children are read to at home, they are able to count to 30 or higher, write their own names, and over 1 out of 4 of those children are able to recognize all members of the alphabet. Children who read at home also score higher in math”Reading to your little one, especially from a young age, is more than just hearing stories and stimulating their imagination. It is quality time with you their parent, it also expands the number of words they are exposed to, building their vocabulary. It develops a love of reading and books and therefore a love of going to school. Problems in the education of children and their enjoyment of school often begins early during first grade when kids are at different development levels.

If you haven’t read to your child prior to them attending school they may find themselves lagging behind in class. This can lead to a negative or underwhelming school experience. If a first grader isn’t enjoying themselves in class then learning can become difficult and unpleasant. This can also have a devastating effect on a young child’s self esteem and sense of self worth. Why would they like school if it makes them feel bad?
Teachers can only do so much to stimulate learning. It is up to us as parents to give our children the best possible start in life, and reading is essential to achieve this!
Turn your child into an avid reader by reading to them 15-20 minutes per day from the time they are babies, even before they can respond to what they hear. If it isn’t possible to read to them everyday, try to do it at least three times a week. An older sibling can also lend a hand.
It is our job as parents to position our children to enjoy school and get the absolute most out of the education available. Instilling a love of reading and books is extremely important to achieving this goal.

It is my dream that each child in First District would have a small home library to enjoy before they even set foot in school. I want to work hard with the help of other parents to make this a reality.
To quote Nelson Mandela: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

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