importance of reading to children

Readiness for Kindergarten – Backpacks for Literacy

September 8 is World Literacy Day. According to UNESCO while literacy is still a major concern around the world it is also a reason to celebrate because nearly 4 billion people are literate. To celebrate at home, READ.

How old should kids be to read to them? New research is showing that beginning before a child is even born is effective because a child hears the rhythm and patterns of language! And why read to them? In a National Institute for Literacy study, kindergartners who were read to 3 times a week had almost twice as much likelihood of scoring in the top quarter of the class. Wee little ones still sit for lots of reading, little ones may only make 2 or 3 pages before squirming off but bigger ones can sometimes manage a whole story.

Besides boosting readiness for kindergarten, reading is great fun. A variety of books is ideal but since the latest blogs are about backpacks, here’s a fun one: The Magic Backpack by Julia Jarman. For older munchkins, this backpack can magically travel. Kindergarten readiness here we come! Where would you like to go with a magic backpack?

Readiness for Kindergarten – Socks For Learning #5

Sharing and reading stories and books is one of the most important readiness for kindergarten activities. Children learn so much when parents and caregivers read to them. So much learning is based on language and books are a concentrated form of language. This week, to show how ordinary, everyday items can be used for kindergarten readiness, I’m blogging about socks.

There are some terrific kids’ books on socks. One of the funniest is “Smelly Socks”, by Robert Munsch. A little girl loves her socks so much she refuses to change them, with the result that they get smelly. Some creative problem solving is used, too. “My Dog Is As Smelly As Dirty Socks”, by Hanock Piven, has wonderful, imaginative illustrations and uses the strategy of comparing. “Fox in Socks”  by Dr. Seuss is super for practicing rhyming (see yesterday’s blog post #4). These are just a few titles of books about socks. Books can really sock away the learning. Enjoy some together.

Readiness for Kindergarten – Father’s Day Books

Father’s Day is this Sunday. There are some really wonderful children’s books about dads. A brand new book, just released late last month is called “Give Me Back My Dad”. It’s written by Robert Munsch and tells the story of a little girl and her dad who go ice fishing. The trouble is that the fish are trying to catch the people!

Sharing stories and books with kids is a key kindergarten readiness activity. Did you know that reading 3 stories a day to a child over the course of a year adds up to over 1,000 stories? By the time a child arrives at school at the age of 5, those 3 stories a day add up to over 5,000! That doesn’t mean 5,000 different stories or books–some kids like the same story read a thousand times. But it does mean that some very important brain pathways have been established that will benefit that child each and every day. Books pack readiness for kindergarten between the covers. Happy Father’s Day.

Kindergarten Readiness – Book Swap

Knock, knock.      Who’s there? Rita.                     Rita who? Rita  lotta  books. Reading a lot of books, means either having a lot of books or finding them. One way to add to the books that your family has is to trade with someone else. To have a book swap, invite some friends and neighbors to look through shelves … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness – Book Swap

Kindergarten Readiness – His-tory/Her-story

Pardon the word fun, but history does contain the word story. This month’s blog posts have been about reading /sharing books/stories for children’s kindergarten readiness. Tonight, I get to share centuries of story with a special event at our local museum. That’s where the history comes in, and that’s what it is–stories of long ago. All over the world, … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness – His-tory/Her-story

Kindergarten Readiness – Read To Children in Any Language

This month the blog posts have been about the hows and whys of reading to young children. My apologies–I should have blogged about the following concern much earlier. Yes, parents and caregivers can read books and stories to kids in any language. You do not have to read to your children in English. The only limitation will be … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness – Read To Children in Any Language

Kindergarten Readiness- Read Pictures Too

Today is Toosday, that is, besides reading books, read pictures, too. Before children ever start to figure out what all the squiggles and lines are saying in books–something they usually learn at school– there is a key piece of the puzzle. Kids need to know that all those letters and stuff hold meaning. Reading is … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness- Read Pictures Too

Kindergarten Readiness – Books On-Line

This month, the blogs have all been about the importance of reading books and stories to young children as an invaluable part of kindergarten readiness. Sometimes, it would be nice to have a different book or story for our wee ones without having to have the actual book. Even a very basic search on google will … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness – Books On-Line