The importance of teaching children how to read cannot be stressed enough. Reading is absolutely foundational to all their future learning in every area of life. Poor reading skills puts a person at a distinct disadvantage.
As the infographic below states, your child’s literacy directly corresponds with their future ability to:
- Attain personal fulfillment
- Be understood and taken seriously
- Take part in and understand civic issues
- Earn a higher salary
- Succeed in a chosen career path
In fact, doesn’t it seems obvious to say that teaching children how to read is critical? Surely every parent understands that.
AND YET, statistics show that 7000 students drop out of high school every day, primarily because of illiteracy! Parents sent those children off to school expecting that they’d be taught to read, and to read well. But for a number of reasons, our school system is failing to meet that expectation, and parents need to stop assuming that the state will educate their child.
In fact, even waiting for your child to get to school age before they begin learning to read will put them at a distinct disadvantage. And once they are behind the curve, it’s an uphill climb for them to catch up with their peers. Many feel embarrassed and overwhelmed when they lag behind.
In a paper published (and republished) by the U.S. Department of Education entitled “Helping Your Child Become a Reader”, Secretary Margaret Spelling writes …
“Years of research show clearly that children are more likely to succeed in learning when their families actively support them. When you and other family members read with your children, help them with homework, talk with their teachers, and participate.”
You simply cannot begin too early.
Check out this infographic …
Note Those 6 Tips on Teaching Children How to Read:
- Read daily. (And you can never start that habit too early. Read to your baby!)
- Have them keep a simple journal.
- Teach them a new word every day.
- Get them to read lots of different kinds of things. (A variety of genres of books)
- Include some non-fiction reading too. (It develops their critical thinking in a different way than fiction. Both are important.)
- Gives books as presents. (Underscoring how valuable they are.)
Your child is going to learn more from you over their lifetime than from any other person. Professional educators are vitally important, but teaching children how to read does not require you to have a degree in education. Don’t let anyone EVER convince you that you can leave this to our schools.’
Take responsibility for your family’s reading level today. Even mommy and daddy can become better readers in the process and open up new worlds for themselves.
There are some great resources out there to help you. Take a look at this short video, which will both alarm and then inspire you about what you can accomplish. The video includes a link to powerful resources to equip you to teach your child to read.