Did you know that May is National Family Reading Month?
Research suggests that children who read every day not only develop a love for literacy, but develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge and a better understanding of other cultures. Even just 10 minutes a day can make a difference. Reading allows us to hear stories, both real and imaginary, and invites us to escape into them, or be shaped by them.
Of course, we believe that parents are the most important educators in a child’s life—and it is never too early to start reading together and modelling great reading habits.
In 2015 Scholastic shared results from their Australian Kids and Family Reading Report which tells us that across ages, the overwhelming majority of kids (86%) say they loved being read books aloud at home or liked it a lot—the main reason being because it is a special time with parents.
There are many ways for your child, for you, and for your family to enjoy reading together. The aim of the National Family Reading Month is to help kick start that enjoyment in our family time. Scholastic shares 10 tips for helping to get the whole family reading together and regularly. Why not try one, or all of them!