Nowadays, television shows and video games are available on tablet computers and smartphones that can be carried anywhere. With so many distractions at their fingertips, it’s no wonder that some children have trouble keeping up with their school’s reading programs. Fortunately, you can help foster literacy by making reading a daily part of your child’s life. Here are a few reasons why you should encourage your children to read every day.
Expand Literacy Skills
Reading is a skill like any other: the more you practice it, the better you will become. However, if you don’t use it, you may not make any progress. By having your children read for as little as 20 minutes every day, you can help them advance to more and more challenging texts. Encourage children to read new things, including fiction and non-fiction, and don’t discourage them if they want to try something that might be above their grade level.
Improve Academic Performance
Reading is the foundation for every academic discipline. As your child progresses to higher and higher grade levels, his or her school textbooks will contain more complex sentences and advanced vocabulary words. In order to develop their science and math skills, children will need to be able to quickly read and understand the instructions for their assignments. Reading will also help improve your child’s writing skills.
Develop Critical Thinking
Books, newspapers, and even magazine articles contain more than words and information—they also contain new ideas that can stimulate your child’s intellectual growth. Reading outside of school can introduce concepts that build on the skills your child acquires in the classroom, and help him or her to develop higher reasoning and cognitive abilities. Expose your child to a wide spectrum of texts and points of view, and encourage him or her to evaluate them independently.
The Literacy and Language Center of San Francisco teaches children the reading and writing skills they need to excel in school and in all areas of life. We can also help your child overcome dyslexia and other learning difficulties. For more information about our reading programs, call us now at (415) 242-1205.