Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Prescription to Read

Hats off to the American Academy of Pediatrics! This group’s new policy, in which pediatricians will tell parents to read aloud to their children starting at birth, has the potential to have a HUGE positive impact on children all over the United States! A recent article in the New York Times described the motivation behind the new plan: “With the increased recognition that an important part of brain development occurs within the first three years of a child’s life, and that reading to children enhances vocabulary and other important communication skills, the group, which represents 62,000 pediatricians across the country, is asking its members to become powerful advocates for reading aloud, every time a baby visits the doctor.”

According to the article, though the academy has issued recommendations on things such as breastfeeding and screen time, this is the first time it has addressed early literacy education. Personally, I couldn’t be happier! Check out the rest of the article here.

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