Across the school district our elementary schools are participating with a wide variety of activities to celebrate reading. Catherine Ciarlo, a former superintendent, had a mantra- Every Child a Reader.
I couldn’t agree more. Recently, Beth Grabbert, one of Cranston’s library media specialists, sent this message home with her students. It’s an important message and one that needs to be shared.
*URGENT- READ WITH YOUR CHILD*
Reading with your child is important! Studies show that there are many benefits that result from reading with your child.
Increased vocabulary- Reading increases your child’s exposure to new words. Children with a larger vocabulary do better in school, especially elementary school where the primary teaching method is oral. Children with a greater vocabulary understand more of what is being taught. This is also true for students in later elementary and middle school. For older students, choose books at a higher level to introduce more complex story lines, vocabulary and concepts.
Greater attention span and memory
Improved listening skills
Increased fluency- have your child read to you to improve word recognition
Enhanced bond between parent and child- Talk about the story. Encourage your child to ask questions and make predictions. Make the read aloud something special to look forward to.
You become a role model for your child by showing the importance of reading
Magazines are also fun to read aloud. Ranger Rick, National Geographic Kids and Sports Illustrated Kids are some examples of great kids’ magazines.
Finding great books and magazines to read aloud is easy! Try these resources:
Cranston Public Library- find a great selection to choose from and it’s free! Have your child get their own library card.
Newbery Medal Books for excellent children’s literature
Caldecott Medal Books for excellent children’s illustrated books
Read Kiddo Read- great recommendations for all levels
The hidden benefits of reading aloud - even for older kids
Reading aloud to children- the evidence
Submitted by Beth Grabbert/LMS/ Cranston Public Schools