Want your kids to be good readers . . . to do well in school?
Research says that the best way to accomplish this is to expose kids to reading at an early age. At The Learning Center, we put out lots of signs and labels and read to the children every day but, because they love you best, you can have a much greater impact than we can.
In addition to your nightly bed time story, read the labels in the grocery store and the signs along the road out loud with your child. Point out letters and the sounds that they make. Encourage them to enjoy books by extending their bedtime a short time if they use it to read or look at the pictures. Even more importantly, let them see you read. If they see you reading for fun, they will want to do the same. So turn off the TV (if it is really important record it and watch when the kids are in bed) and read with obvious enjoyment — it won’t be long until your kids do the same. If reading has never appealed to you — then do it for your child! Reading like anything else, becomes easier and more enjoyable with more practice.
To help you establish this habit with — and for — your children we have set up a Parent Lending Library at each of the centers. It’s all on the honor system, take a book- bring it back whenever you are done or if you really like – it keep it! If you have books you have already read, put them on the shelf for others to enjoy. Take a book home and get started tonight! Hopefully the rewards for both you and your child will soon be apparent.