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“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” ― Albert Einstein
Parents are a child’s first and most influential teachers.
Parent involvement is the number one predictor of early literacy success and future academic achievement. Research by the American Academy of Pediatrics shows that reading daily to young children, starting in infancy, stimulates early brain development and helps build key language, literacy and social skills.
From birth to five, a child learns at a speed unmatched the rest of his or her life. Early learning experiences such as reading provide a love of learning and strongly affects success in school, work and in life.
Yet more than one in three American children start kindergarten without the skills they need to learn to read. About two-thirds of children can’t read proficiently by the end of the third grade. Low literacy skills are directly linked to greater inequality, higher unemployment, less earned income and poor health.
Daily reading and talking with children develops the necessary foundation for success in math, science, reading, a continued love of learning, and social and emotional connections.
A Huffington Post article (dated 09/30/2010) listed 5 Benefits of Reading to Children.
Reading is one of the best ways to develop deep attachments with one’s children. Scholastic suggests parents schedule reading sessions daily and use the moments to enrich their relationships with their children and build their vocabularies.
Secret to Success
Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research (2013) research showed that children four to five years of age who are read to three to five times a week are six months ahead of their peers in terms of reading expertise. Children who are read to daily are a year ahead of those who are read to less frequently.
Rich Vocabulary Equals Advantage
Educator Jim Trelease observes that there is a clear difference between conversing with a child and reading to him or her: "The language in books is very rich, and in books there are complete sentences. In books, newspapers, and magazines, the language is more complicated, more sophisticated. A child who hears more sophisticated words has a giant advantage over a child who hasn't heard those words."
Teaching by Example
Reading increases a child's attention span and a parent's own cognitive ability, Trelease says. It is one of the most essential and valuable activities kids can inherit from parents simply by observing them being engrossed in a book or magazine.
Boosting Self Esteem and Communications Skills
Early readers will be equipped with the vocabulary necessary to communicate to their peers, teachers, and parents. Children who have the ability to find the words they want to use are more likely to have a strong self-image, sense of confidence, and higher academic standing.
Bottom Line: Parents, read to your children. Children, read to your parents. We’ll all be better off for it.
Things my parents should have taught me:
1. The early bird might get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.
2. Worrying works! 90% of the things I worry about never happen.
“Immanuel doesn’t pun, he Kant.” - Oscar Wilde’s play on philosopher Immanuel Kant’s name.
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We are pleased to report that our Time to Reskill event in collaboration with Santa Rosa Junior College was a resounding success. Stakeholders from industry, education, government, and the non-profit world convened for a welcome message from Jane Saldana-Talley, Vice President Petaluma Campus Santa Rosa Junior College, followed by a discussion on the need for services for individuals with low literacy by Frank Chong, President/Superintendent Santa Rosa Junior College. Dr. Chong's talk was followed by a prerecorded message to the group by Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education, an overview of The Survey of Adult Skill by Paul Heavenridge, Executive Director Literacyworks/LINCS RPDC 4, and a call to action by Lynn Woolsey, Congresswoman.
After the presentations, attendees were divided into three facilitated groups to discuss individual experiences and ideas about the U.S.'s growing employability skills gap. Literacyworks has submitted these ideas to the U.S. Department of Education for the national action plan to improve the foundational skills of adults.
Special thanks to the SRJC Petaluma Campus staff for helping make this event a success.
Watch the video introduction by Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education.
Literacyworks administers the US Department of Education’s Regional Professional Development Center Region 4 for the Literacy Information and Communication Network System (LINCS).Read More