Ssssshhhh--it’s almost 8:30 and the whole world is asleep. Well, at least the world in your household. Or at least that’s the way it was when our girls were little and getting ready for bed. The goal: lights out by 8:30; that way they can get a good night’s sleep and I could begin preparing for the next day. Sound familiar? One thing we always, always included in our bedtime routine – cuddling up together to read a good book.
From the time they were little, we read to our girls. Simple books--Goodnight Moon, Just in Case You Ever Wonder, Guess How Much I Love You, The Kissing Hand-- these were just a few included in our nighttime fun. I even received a basket of books at my baby shower. At that time, I had no idea how important and influential those books and our routine of reading would be to our girls, their education, and their eventual academic success. What I did know is how I loved connecting with my girls through reading. Author and co-founder of Milkweed Editions, Emilie Buchwald once said, “Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” It’s so true. I even have a picture to prove how my love of reading to my daughters directly impacted not only their love of reading, but their reading ability as well.
Studies have proven over and over that your child’s academic achievement is directly impacted by parental involvement. This includes your child’s ability to read and read fluently. But reading is not enough. Your reading must not only be enjoyable, but it must also be purposeful. The site Edutopia has a fantastic article called, “Parental Involvement in Early Literacy” that talks all about this:
In the coming weeks, I will be bringing you on a journey into reading and literacy. In my third grade classroom, we use a fantastic reading/literacy program called The Daily 5 and Café Reading. This program was developed by two real sisters who are teachers. The program not only introduces your child to wonderful literature, but it also teaches you how to build reading strategies for your child. These strategies will build academic success. In my classroom, I don’t really call them reading strategies, but more like strategies for life, because they really are. Don’t worry. You will see. Until then, check out their site:
So, until next time, food for thought:
“The more you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” – Dr. Seuss.
My daughter Brooke actually used that quote in her college application essays. She loves to read. She is a fantastic reader! She has even chosen reading and writing and words as her professional career. Hmmmm – wonder where she learned that?