Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Just 15 Minutes!

I just heard about this new movement, Read Aloud, that’s trying to get parents to read to their children for 15 minutes each day. This organization is trying to improve the future of education by encouraging reading. As a children’s librarian whose focus is on early literacy, I absolutely love hearing about efforts like these, aiming to show the importance of reading. According to Read Aloud’s website, “Research shows that reading aloud is the single most important thing that you can do to help a child prepare for reading and learning.” One of my favorite things on the website is this graphic, that includes some important facts and statistics about the benefits of reading. Even though 15 minutes each day doesn’t sound like much, it adds up to be a life-changing number. Do you read to your children for 15 minutes (or more!) each day? If not, when could you make time for it? Setting up a routine can make sticking to reading a lot easier. Try to set aside time before bed, after dinner, before or after naptime, or any other time that works with your family’s schedule. Your children will look forward to it, and you will be helping to positively shape their future!

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