In the book, Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever, Mem Fox describes the magic she found in reading aloud to her daughter.
I recently found this statistic that states: “In 1999, only 53 percent of children aged 3 to 5 were read to daily by a family member. Children in families with incomes below the poverty line are less likely to be read aloud to everyday than are children in families with incomes at or above the poverty line. “
Sharon Darling, Founder and President of the National Center for Family Literacy says that: “When children are read to, we know they are better prepared for school and that makes a big difference in the life of the child and, as they grow, as an adult.”
The National Center for Family Literacy supports family literacy programs. Their emphasis is on family because study after study shows that family, home and community drive a child’s education. According to the NCFL, it is well known that:
A. Children’s reading scores improve dramatically when their parents are involved in helping them learn to read.
B. Low family income and a mother’s lack of education are the two biggest risk factors that hamper a child’s early learning and development.
The NCFL has a great website: http://www.famlit.org/free-resources/activities/
Explore their Literacy House on their online learning section.
What areas in your house promote literacy with your child? How often do you find time to read aloud to your child?