The Benefits of Reading
Strategies to increase your child’s reading ability
US author and educator Jim Trelease has spent a lifetime educating parents around the world about the benefits of reading.
Turn books into friends, not enemies
He retired from public speaking in 2008 but his website – http://www.trelease-on-reading.com/ is a treasure trove of information. It has strategies and links to increasing literacy levels of children. Jim is the author of the popular “The Read Aloud Handbook” and has travelled extensively bringing home the message of “turning books into friends, not enemies”.
Drs Betty Hart and Todd Risley discuss US research conducted into the early lives of American children in their booklet: “Meaningful Differences in the Everyday Experience of Young American Children,” available here.They concluded that household conversation – ordinary, everyday, meaningful conversation between people – is the key to better vocabulary and literacy for children.
What you can do to improve your child’s reading
Children need to hear words in sentences and questions to develop their understanding of them, obviously something that’s not going to happen when children are hardwired to their computers, phones and TVs.
So, talk in your homes, talk with your children and in front of your children. Surround them, not just with love, but with words and conversations.