The tangible benefits of reading (real) books to kids

  • Article by: Kris Potter
  • Updated: February 17, 2014 - 6:40 PM

No computer or smartphone can replicate the love present in that setting.

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jjsbrwFeb. 17, 1410:12 PM

Love and connection are great reasons to read to children. Here is another. 20 minutes per day reading to and with a child from age 1 until age 5 adds up to about 500 hours of literacy and language training. Kids who don't get this training generally fall seriously behind in their literacy and language development. Love kids. Read to and with them every day.

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liora51Feb. 18, 14 3:02 AM

Reading to children from 5 to 15 continues the benefits all around. And the concepts and literature become great topic for family conversations.

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davehougFeb. 18, 14 7:04 AM

I was without a TV in grades 3 and 4. I read and read and learned to enjoy picking out the next book. When the assignment came to read two chapters of history, it was easy. I was bad at the rules of grammar, but the right way always - felt - better because I had absorbed so much while reading. Teach a child the joy of reading and you have "taught them how to fish" all life long.

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owatonnabillFeb. 18, 14 7:05 AM

Spousal Unit called owatonnabill's attention yesterday to a video on her IPad of her grandson paging through a book on American Presidents and expressing amazement that three of them died on the 4th of July. The kid is five years old. American Presidents is only his most recent interest, having studied and learned about animals since age three to the point of being able to tell you about the home range of the ibex and whether or not lowland gorillas are omnivores. It is not about merely reading to kids, though that is very important. It is about sharing and encouraging their interests, be that reading to them, showing them how to look up information on the 'net, buying DVDs or books, subscribing to TV sources that carry the channels of their interests, or whatever. In other words it is about parents being PARENTS rather than bystanders.

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ciamanFeb. 19, 14 3:28 PM

Bravo for Kriss Potter!! When I had my own children I and my wife read to them endlessly. I also made up stories when it was nap time or bed time. They loved those stories and never fell asleep. I made them up as I went along. In college, I started reading so many books that I wound up becoming a writer and an Author after I retired. A paid author to boot. So reading is the key to knowledge and a better life for sure. I stil read all the time, book after book. I love words and words love me. Hope your kids will do the same.

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