Why Read 20 Minutes At Home? N.d. Why Is It so Important to Read Everyday??? Web. 6 July 2014. The photograph gives a visual display of the benefits of a child reading each day for at least 20 minutes. Studies by Nagy and Herman in 1987 show that children who read 20 minutes per day average in the 90th percentile in national standardized tests. These children read approximately 1,800,000 words per year. Students who read 5 minutes per day score in the 50th percentile of national standardized tests. These children read approximately 282,000 words per year. Students who only read 1 minute per day only score in the 10th percentile of national standardized tests.These students read approximately 8,000 words per year. This study shows the direct correlation of time spent reading to national standardized tests scores.
"The Benefits of Reading to Young Children Can Last a Lifetime." The Durango Herald. N.p., 23 Sept. 2011. Web. 7 July 2014. Encouraging early literacy provides children of all ages with essential language and developmental skills. Some parents often wonder how to continue such encouragement for reading. According to an article in the Durango Herald, one important aspect to continue encouragement in early literacy is by parent modelling. Children who witness their parents or caregivers read often times are more likely to engage in reading themselves. These children view reading as enjoyable as opposed to being a chore or task. Another important factor is to provide a large variety of literacy material for young children. Being more involved by reading to young children encourages listening skills, vocabulary, memory, and other cognitive skills. Finally, parents should be more interactive with their reading by making facial expressions, sound effects, and pretend voices to encourage interest. They should also interact with their children while reading by stopping and asking questions on the content of what has been read and to predict what will happen next. These tips can help encourage children to enjoy reading and get more out of the experience of reading.
A new study by the American Academy of Pediatrics shows that reading daily to young children, starting in infancy, can help with language acquisition and lit...
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PBS NewsHour. Report: Reading to young children benefits brain development. 24 June 2014. Online video clip. YouTube. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 July 2014. <http://youtu.be/TfvaTwdLSgs>.
PBS NewsHour reports on the American Academy of Pediatrics' study on the effect of reading to young children and its benefits on brain development. Their study reports that more than 1 in every 3 children being school or kindergarten without the skills needed to learn to read and about 2/3 of children cannot read proficiently by the end of the third grade. The American Academy of Pediatrics is encouraging pediatricians to provide books to low-income families to offer the tools needed to promote reading at home. The Reach Out and Read nonprofit organization serves nearly 5000 medical centers and about one third of children living in poverty. Dr. Pamela High of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Lead Author of Literary Promotion Policy suggests that many parents in the United States do not have the knowledge of the programs and opportunities available to them. She further states that reading allows a chance for children to communicate one-on-one with their parents, and parents to communicate one-on-one with their children. Reading also increases childrens' literacy skills, which in turn, prepares them for reading and graduation from high school. Children with poor reading proficiency by the time they enter the fourth grade are at a greater risk for not graduating from high school and becoming economically unsuccessful in their own lives. Pediatricians are also using books to demonstrate and assess developmental stages or children. Dr. High explains how children in each age category might interact with the books they are given.
The American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending that parents begin reading to their children early, even to newborns. Professor Susan Neuman, an expert on early literacy development, explains.
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Neuman, Susan B. "To 'Immunize' Kids Against Illiteracy, Break Out A Book In Infancy." Interview by Audie Cornish. Audio blog post. Npr. N.p., 24 June 2014. Web. 6 July 2014. In an interview with Professor Susan Neuman, Professor Neuman explains the importance of reading aloud to children at a very early age. She states that reading is critically important for literacy development. By beginning to read to children at an early age, the child's vocabulary greatly expands. Child are able to read and understand more words in the long run and begin speaking more in the short run. Professor Neuman also stresses that children should be read to often. Children should also start with age appropriate books. She uses the example that infants are unable to turn pages well, therefore board books are best for them. Too many images on a page for a younger child can be distracting, so books with just one object or picture are necessary. Lastly, Professor Neuman comments that children from high poverty situations lack language development, so reading to these children is important for hearing language on a literary level.
Melbourne researchers have proven what parents have intuitively known all along - the more often you read to your children from an early age, the greater the positive effect on their reading and thinking skills.
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