I was reading an article recently that brought me joy because in it, it stated
“That the single biggest predictor of high academic achievement and high ACT scores is reading to children. Not flash cards, not workbooks, not fancy preschools, not blinking toys or computers, but mom or dad taking the time every day or night (or both!) to sit and read them wonderful books.”
– Alicia Bayer
When Sabrina was a toddler, her favorite book was “Goodnight Moon”.
She liked it so much, she pretty much memorized it. I saved it. Not because I planned on having another baby. In fact, I thought Sabrina was going to be my only child. I saved it because it was her ultimate favorite book and I just couldn’t bear to give it away. I treasured it. We read that book many a night. Little did I know that 13 years later I would have another baby. Little did I know that it would be one of his favorite books too (along with Brown Bear,Brown Bear, What do you see? and The Very Hungry Caterpillar).
Now I read “The Giving Tree” to Joshua. He requests it almost every night. He likes it so much that right when I’m finished reading it, he wants me to read it again. He almost has it memorized now too. The funny thing is that this book also belonged to Sabrina but I didn’t save this book for him. Sabrina liked this book so much, she saved it herself. It stayed on her bookshelf for the longest time until she gave it to Joshua.
During the summer, Joshua worked on his own shark book. It’s not quite completed yet. It’s a work in progress. I think making a book with your child is a great way to research what he or she is interested in and put it in a book for you to read about at night with him or her.
It’s nice to know that all it takes is reading books to your child. Perhaps this is why it is always encouraged from birth. Currently for us, it is encouraged as part of homework for our kindergarteners. We as parents are assigned to read to our child for 20 minutes a night as homework.
No problem for Joshua and I because that was already part of our routine! It’s as simple as reading a book!