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THE IMPORTANCE OF READING 20 MINUTES A DAY

No doubt, you’ve heard the advice. Reading with your children 20 minutes a day is important. But why is it so important? Here are some big results you can expect when you commit to a daily reading routine with your children.

Family Bonding

Reading is a great way to spend quality time with your children. From nightly bedtime stories to trips to the library, your children will look forward to spending this one on one time with you every day.

Practice makes perfect

The more you and your child read together, the more they will improve their vocabulary, comprehension, and sight reading skills. A reading routine goes a long way in building these reading foundations.

Do you hear what I hear?

Reading to your child boosts their listening skills, which are important for later reading and understanding. Listening to a parent read aloud helps children increase their ability to concentrate in school.

Get ready for school

If you want your child to walk in to their first day of school ready to succeed, the best thing you can do is read to them each day. This reading routine builds their vocabulary and benefits them when they start reading on their own.

Know it all

All subjects, including science and math, require reading and comprehension skills. In fact, when kids read more outside of school, they have higher math scores.* Reading is an essential part of education from kindergarten through college no matter what you are studying, so starting early and reading often will set your children on the path to academic success

Stop and give me 20 - exercise your brain

We all know the importance of exercise for the body, but it’s just as important for the mind. Reading every day builds new brain synapses and forges new connections. One study shows that reading instruction can cause the brain to rewire itself and produce new white matter, and it improves communication throughout the brain.**

Reading is just what the doctor ordered

The American Academy of Pediatrics promotes that “Reading regularly with young children stimulates optimal patterns of brain development and strengthens parent-child relationships at a critical time in child development, which, in turn, builds language, literacy, and social-emotional skills that last a lifetime.”
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*Educational Testing Service, 1999. America's Smallest School: The Family.
**Timothy A. Keller, Marcel Adam Just.
Altering Cortical Connectivity: Remediation-Induced Changes in the White Matter of Poor Readers.
Neuron, 2009; 64 (5): 624-631 DOI: 10.1016/j.neuron.2009.10.018