Let’s face it…we live in a world with jam-packed schedules and it is nearly impossible to “fit it all in.” We are stuck trying to decide what we can make time for and what needs to wait until “later.” So why is it so important to read to our children 20 minutes a day? Well, there is a wealth of research that shows that children who are engaged in reading activities at least 20 minutes a day during the critical “learning to read” years are more likely to be successful in school.
Reading is “brain food” for a child and strengthens a child’s network of knowledge. It also improves listening skills, builds early literacy skills, prepares a child for kindergarten, strengthens reading ability through practice, improves academic performance and improves relationships. Overall, reading to a child just 20 minutes a day gives that child an investment for a lifetime!
So, when we are looking at our schedules and trying to balance it all, remember to make reading a priority! To learn about available book programs visit http://readdbq.org/learn/dubuque-book-programs/.