Research shows that parents who read and encourage reading by making books available in their home can help improve their children’s literacy.
Share your own reading, whether from news sources or novels, online or print, with your child. Here are some important points to remember:
- The literacy crisis at the secondary level has been investigated and discussed in great depth. Too many adolescents lack sufficient reading skills to understand and learn from the texts they encounter at school and even students at this age with average reading ability are unlikely to meet the complex and ever-increasing literacy demands of college and the 21st century workplace.
- Research has firmly established the correlation between time spent reading and reading achievement.
- The issue of setbacks to learning over summer breaks has been documented dating back over 100 years…and since the impact is cumulative consequences can reverberate throughout a child’s education.
- Research has long shown the positive effects of avid, voluminous reading on academic achievement as well as on other indicators of desirable life outcomes that extend far beyond one’s schooling.
- Reading independently, freely, avidly and with confidence is pleasurable. And that is the kind of experience with reading that students need to have in school.
- Independent reading is the most powerful way to develop vocabulary.
- Research shows that most people get their cultural literacy—knowledge about the cultural and historical events that have shaped the world—from reading, as evidenced through high correlations between cultural knowledge, reports of recreational reading habits, and success on general reading tests.
- Wide reading serves to develop background knowledge. Additionally, silent reading experience may increase an individual’s ability to sustain attention and concentration, which are necessary for many types of academic and professional success.
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