Parents as Partners Newsletter: December 2013

The key to a successful life in the 21st century comes from a good foundation in Reading.  While December is a busy time of the year it is also a wonderful time to turn off the television and carve out some quiet reading time with the ones we love the most and make happy memories.

Here are 6 ways reading aloud helps “our” children.

  • stories help children make sense of their world
    • both parent and child learn from the book that is being read
  • Reading to your child
    • improves cognitive and language development
    • exposes children to words that are not often found in day-to day conversations
    • allows them to practice listening
    • builds word-sound awareness
    • builds motivation and curiosity (two skills needed to succeed in our world)
  • Stories offer concrete models about life in our world through
    • numbers
    • other life styles
    • Geography
    • Science
    • baking



Our quote for the month is, “Children are made readers in the laps of their parents.”

-Emilie Buchwald



  • Ways to carve out time:
    • Have a no television rule between 7:00 and 8:00 to create a read together time.
    • Take turns choosing books. 
    • Read books that are challenging to your child and let them help by turning the pages or reading a line in every paragraph. 
    • Take a book in the car and have a non-driver read
    • Next to your child’s bed – Have everyone crawl into bed 15 or 20 minutes early to enjoy some good literature.
    • On a non- school night stay up later then the usual bedtime to allow for reading.

Be “SMART” and Start Making A Reader Today. After all, children who love reading live happier ever after.

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