Expose your child to reading as an infant. Reading is the foundation for their future success. Studies show that reading is a great brain builder – it helps build your child’s vocabulary, stimulates his imagination and improves communication skills. These skills are critical for success over the long-term.
If your child is not proficient in reading by the third grade, (s)he is already on track … for prison. According to the Schott Foundation for Public Education, only 41% of Black men graduate from high school in the United States.
Give your child a chance to succeed — Read to your baby every day from the day they are born. Whether you realize it or not, babies are learning while you read. In fact, most development occurs between birth and five years old.
If you see your child struggling with learning, it could very well be linked to their ability, or lack of ability to read. The frustration that comes from not being able to read could have life-long negative impact. ACT immediately to get help for your child, at whatever the age. Today is a great day to start!
Start talking to your child as an infant. Explain everything you are doing with them (giving you a bath, we’re going to see Grandma, etc.) Singing to your child is also great. Reading with your child from birth helps them learn that reading is a fun activity you share together.
- Pointing to the words as you read lets the child learn that the words tell the story.
- Use books with pictures. Pictures help the child understand the meaning of the words. Encourage the child to name things in the pictures. Tell them how the pictures relate to the story.
- Take just a few minutes every night to make a huge difference in the child’s appreciation for reading. It also shows them that reading is a fun thing you can do together.
- Enunciate your words very clearly! If you speak words incorrectly to your child, they will learn to speak incorrectly, as well.
Reading is pivotal to success! 69% of Black children in America cannot read at grade level in the 4th grade, compared with 29% among White children. (Source: National Association of Educational Progress)