Why is Literacy so important and when is Read Across America Day? Read Across America Day is being celebrated on March 1st in most schools, and March 2nd at various community locations. (You can visit The Children’s Museum of Richmond to meet the Cat in The Hat this Saturday!) Reading is a critical skill we all need to function as independently as we can. Reading is not only a method of taking in information, but also builds self-esteem and boosts creativity. Watching TV and videos is a passive way of gathering information, while reading is an active method that stimulates more brain activity. Remember, your brain is a muscle and it must be exercised with challenging tasks like reading.
In addition, early literacy skills have a direct correlation on future behavior. While young children are listening to a story, they are learning to be able to remember the content of spoken language for a short time. Why is this important? Because one day soon, they will need to listen to and remember multi-step instructions from their teacher (clean-up your table, put your materials away, and stand in line for lunch) or from their future boss (create an excel spreadsheet, merge these two documents and email it to the entire staff).
When reading happens between parent and child, the impact can be even greater. The bond formed between parents and children can enhance creativity. A story leads to a dozen of eager questions asked, which show that the child's mind is racing ahead of the verbal drama unfolding in front of his/her imagination.
Parent and child bonding is essential to each and every child, and reading with your child is a simple way to establish a strong and nurturing parent and child bond.
Did you know children absolutely adore stories about animals? Here’s why: according to teachers, it’s “because they can cut loose from all limitations and rules of their own civilized lives and from the control of their parents. They dream of running free in a forest, living in a hollow tree, flying with the birds and creatures who don't scold or make you wash your hands before each meal.”
But what if your child doesn’t like to read? Take what you can get, even if it’s 5 minutes. Then consider this:
As your child grows, story time can become a bonding, connected time that your child can count on. The emotional security that can grow from taking the time to sit down and read together is truly priceless. It lets your child know first that she’s important to you and second, that reading and learning are fun.
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http://www.readingfoundation.org/parents/toddler.jsp - Great tips and list of books for toddlers
http://www.readingfoundation.org/parents/schoolage.jsp - Full of great information