"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child."
Dr. Seuss is attributed to the above quote that embraces the spirit of reading, books, and literacy and especially the importance of parents reading to their children. Now in its 20th year, the National Education Association’s Read Across America program is building a nation of readers with its year-round program focusing on helping children and teens be motivated to read by way of various events, partnerships, and reading resources.
As Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss Week is celebrated each February and March, The Gardner School is proud to take part in America’s largest reading celebration. From special classroom décor that highlights special book themes to yearly book fairs to daily classroom reading during Circle Time, reading plays a key role in the day and life of The Gardner School’s students and teachers.
Daily reading beyond the classroom is just as important, and The Gardner School encourages families to embrace and adopt some allotted time each day to dive in to a great book together. Here are four essential reasons for moms and dads to read with their child daily.
Language and Vocabulary
Reading with your child allows them the opportunity to be introduced to a variety of new words, phrases, and sounds in engaging and fun ways. Taking time to read together also gives parents a chance to practice speech and word pronunciations, which will also be helpful as a child begins learning how to write.
Imagination and Thinking
One of the best things about reading a book lies in how the story can transport you to specific experiences, places, and times. A good book will stimulate a child’s imagination, helping them learn to express themselves creatively while fostering curiosity and play. Parents and children who read together daily can make wonderful memories through the imaginative adventures that come through exploring a good book.
Attention and Focus
Listening and attention skills are an important kindergarten prerequisite. As The Gardner School places a priority on kindergarten readiness through structured, daily practices, we encourage parents and families to continue this model at home, and reading with your child is one of the simplest ways to do so. While following along in a good book, kids develop their abilities to focus and understand the events taking place within the story.
Bonding and Connection
There’s much to be said about the bonding benefits associated with reading with your child. From the physical bond of cuddling up together and diving into a favorite read to the emotional connection that is shared from experiencing a story with each other, reading together as a family will produce a lifelong bond that can be truly magical.
Whether at the start of the day or unwinding before bedtime, schedule some designated reading time with your little one each day. You’ll quickly notice how much it will make a difference in both of your lives. To learn more about The Gardner School and the advantages of an academic preschool, visit our website or schedule a tour today!