The Importance of Daily Reading

Tips & Tricks

You've been told over and over that reading with your kids 20 minutes a day is good for them; but why? Let's get down to the science of your nightly reading routine.

Family time

    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 important 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 even helps children increase their ability to concentrate in school.

Get ready for school

    If you want your child to walk into school each day ready to succeed, the best thing you can do is read to them each day. A reading routine builds their vocabulary, even for older kids, and benefits them when they start reading on their own.

Know it all

    All subjects, including science and math, require reading and comprehension skills. 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

    We all know it's important to exercise your body, but it's just as important to use your brain. Reading every day builds new brain synapses and forges new connections. One study shows that reading instructions 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 says "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."





*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 DOIK 10.1016/j.neuron.2009.10.018

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