Again, I am encouraging parents to read to their children because there are so many benefits.
This article (click on the picture) was written by Deborah Gough (Sydney Morning Herald, 2013) and quotes Bridie Raban (University of Melbourne’s Graduate School Of Education).
Some quotes from the article:
Parents who stop reading to their children once they reach primary school are missing out on an emotionally rich time …
…a Galaxy poll of 1200 Australian parents found that just 23 per cent of parents read to their child every day… Just four per cent read daily to their child by the time they were aged 9 to 12 years.
Parents blamed making dinner and doing housework …, work … and tiredness… (for not reading to / with their child).
Nine out of 10 parents encouraged their children to read… the most common incentive was giving children books as gifts…
- Make a bedtime story something to look forward to (a treat).
- Be a good role model. Do your children see you reading?
- Join a local library.
- Read books on different topics that interest your children.
- Play word games together.
- Talk with your child. It’s a good way to learn new words, and to learn more about a language. (How children talk will influence the words that they will expect to see as they are reading.)
Reading aloud to children is important because it helps them pick up information and skills they need.
Children’s reading experts agree that reading aloud is the easiest and most effective way to turn children into lifelong readers.
Continue reading aloud after your children can read. All readers will enjoy listening to books that they can’t yet manage on their own.
See also Sharing Books With Young Children (Scroll down to the Reading section.)