Reading is the key to success

Published Apr 8, 2018 at 9:00am

Education starts at home.  

One of the best ways to help your child succeed in life is to start reading to him/her as a baby.  Sure, a newborn baby doesn’t understand what you read, but the child hears the rhythm in your voice and the soothing sounds of words.  It is a great way to bond with your newborn and build a love for reading. 

As your baby grows, he/she will look at the pictures while you read, stimulating their imagination and building brain cell connections.

By the time your toddler starts school, you have created a reading time in your home.  It could be after dinner, before bed or a book to start the day.  

Use the book to start a discussion with your child about colors, animals, vehicles and characters.  Ask your child questions about the events in the book or the motives of characters.

Have your child help you in the kitchen by reading a recipe or reading the ingredients at the grocery store.   

Introduce your child to the library and have him/her choose their own book.  The local library often has reading days for children.  Check with your local librarian for a list of events.

As your child starts moving up through the grades, your involvement in reading should not end.  Model good reading habits for your child by having a time set aside at home for thoughtful reading.  

Take 30 minutes a day to unplug from the world and read a good book.  At the end of the 30 minutes share your reading with each other. Be active listeners and ask good questions.  

Try to encourage your children to read non-fiction as well as fiction literature. 

Reading is a skill that all people need to be successful in our world today.  Reading to and with our youngsters is a great way to strengthen the bond between parents and children.  It also gives your child the key to a successful future.

The Rome Teachers Association is committed to providing information that may help parents, teachers and the community help all our students achieve.

For a variety of U.S. Department of Education publications for parents about helping your child with reading go to:  https://www2.ed.gov/parents/read/resources/edpicks.jhtml