“Children are made readers in the laps of their parents” – Emily Buchwald
This is a problem, because babies don’t get the proper foundation for literacy, and fall behind in school. Currently, according to our nation’s report card, more than half our 4th and 8th graders are below the basic reading level. That means they can’t read their textbooks. Half of our high school students read at a 5th grade level. Newspapers are written at an 8th grade level; so, half of the high school students can’t read the newspaper.
“Since fewer than half of young children in the United States are read to on a daily basis. Every year, more than one in three children in the United States start kindergarten without the language skills required to learn how to read.” (1)
How does this happen?
It all begins at birth. Parents need to make reading to their babies a priority. Parents love their children and want the best for them; so, why aren’t parents reading to their babies?
I think they don’t realize the importance and urgency. A baby’s brain development grows 4 times its size in the first 5 years of development. This is a critical time to read to infants in order for the synapses in the brain to develop making the baby smarter. If they aren’t stimulated, they die. Yikes! This is preventable. How?
Read aloud to your baby every day for a minimum of 15 minutes. This is the single most important activity you can do to establish their future success. This is literally building the foundation for their future. Later, as the baby matures, continue to read aloud to raise a reader.