The Single Most Important Thing You Can Do This Summer is….

From Barefoot Books Summer Reading Week 2 by Stefanie Paige Grossman, M.S.Ed
Early Childhood Education / Infant & Parent Development Expert

The Single Most Important Thing You Can Do This Summer is….Reading Out Loud To Children!

We’ve all heard that reading to our children is important, but you might be surprised to learn just how much of an impact it has. Research shows that, of all the academic subjects, reading is the subject most responsive to family influence.

And since reading ability is a strong predictor of overall academic success, when families read together, it makes a huge difference for children.

In fact, early exposure to reading aloud has such a long-term influence on children’s outcomes, pediatricians in the United States are now required to prescribe reading to parents of all babies…from birth!

Not only does reading together help children’s cognitive development, but it also strengthens your parent-child bond. Creating a daily read aloud routine is one of the most important things you can do to support your child’s healthy development!

Want to add some variety to your read aloud routines? Here are some ideas:

  • Encourage older kids to read to younger siblings and friends. This turns the tables and lets the older child take the role of “reader.”
  • Sing a book together! Singalongs are so much fun and super interactive. After just a few listens, children will be able to “read” these along with you!
  • Try “reading” a wordless book together. These books are fantastic jumping off points for discussions; they encourage imagination and provide excellent practice with language skills. Check out how to read a wordless book, it is easier than you think! 

How do you add variety to your reading routines at home? Share your ideas with us below! 

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