The Literacy Center often receives inquiries on the need for services for children to assist with reading. I personally have been asked, several times, “What can I do to help make sure my child is a good reader?” The answer is simple: read to them and read with them! Read Aloud to them from birth!
March is National Reading Awareness Month and we partner with the Read Aloud organization to share facts on social media about reading. One of the scariest facts is “More than half the children in this country — 13 million children — will not hear a bedtime story tonight.” I know that homework, dinner, sports and other activities can get in the way of this simple activity, but I cannot stress enough how important reading is for all ages. The example of reading must be in every home. Being able to read and comprehend what you are reading is critical to communication, making connections, gaining perspective and thinking critically. These are life skills that are more important than memorization of facts for a test.
The movement is to take 15 minutes each day to Read Aloud. You can tailor this to your family.
Does your child like movies or acting? Get a script and read aloud the parts!
Is your family into sports? Read aloud the scores and wrap up reports from your favorite game.
Does your family like music? Read aloud lyrics to your favorite songs.
The point is to choose your own material. Mix it up! Don’t make it a…we have to do this chore. Instead, make it a fun family tradition. You make time for traditions. There is nothing like the joy of a child picking up a book and bringing it to you to read aloud. My granddaughter Charley is now 16 months old and she started bringing books to us this past weekend and holding out her arms. It melts my heart each time. And each time, we sit down and read aloud and we always will.
Fact source: March is National Reading Awareness Month