Do you remember having books read to you as a child? Those cherished memories of listening as a loved one or trusted friend or teacher reads aloud, seem to never be erased. My sister would read to me all her favorite books. I can still remember snuggling in her bed and listening to her voice as she brought the story to life for me.
It turns out those moments aren’t just about bonding and sharing your passion for reading. Canada’s Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and Australia’s Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research collaborated on an extensive study on being read to and children’s cognitive skills. The study concluded the number of consecutive days read to increased the cognitive skills to the level of a child 6-12 months older.
“These differences in reading and cognitive skills are not related to the child’s family background or home environment but are the direct result of how frequently they have been read to prior to starting school.” Books are essential to a child’s success in school, and being read to at an early age is critical.
There are many ways we can help children and families accomplish this feat. Some parents have no energy or means to read to their child(ren). We can all help by donating time to school programs, charitable programs, and donating books to families in need.
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If you are looking for timeless children’s books, recent blog post has five recommendations. This week’s blog is written by Bella, one of the incredible interns who shares cherished books from her childhood.
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