Often in conversations with parents, I am asked how parents can help children to be more successful at school. The simplest, most inexpensive way a parent can help is in the area of at- home reading. The Best Books for Kids website states, “The benefits of reading start with the first book a baby hears and continues into childhood and throughout the child's life.”
The following list from The Best Books for Kids website is their 10 Benefits of Reading - why reading is important and why children and adults should read:
At home, help younger students develop a reading habit by establishing a reading routine together. As students develop reading skills and strategies, you may want to alternate reading together and reading independently. If reading independently, encourage reading of a ‘just right’ book by having your child read the back and front cover, and first page of the book. If there are more than five words that he/she cannot pronounce or understand in context, the book may be too challenging. Reading ‘just right’ books helps readers feel more confident and successful. Encouraging your child to consistently read at home will ultimately benefit learning at school. Just as in life, the more we practice - the better we get!
-- Melissa Hesch, Principal - Eagle View Elementary