A Kid Learns to Read and then Reads to Learn

It’s simple, reading is a critical component of daily life. From understanding food ingredients and managing bills to crafting a detailed board presentation, reading is a key factor of success. Early reading to young children sets a foundation for future academic excellence:

  • Phonemic Awareness:  hear and identify individual sounds
  • Phonics:  connect letters of written language with spoken language
  • Vocabulary:  develop and strengthen communication skills
  • Comprehension:  understand the meaning of written and spoken language
The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you will go.
Dr. Seuss

Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary.

Jim Rohn

Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.

Margaret Fuller

Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage.

Roald Dahl

If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
You can find magic where you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book
Dr. Seuss

To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.

Victor Hugo

If you are going to get anywhere in life you have to read a lot of books.

Roald Dahl

Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.

Mortimer J. Adler

Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or a duty. It should be offered as a gift.

Kate DiCamillo

Reading Lays the Foundation for Academic Development

  • Increased brain activity and development
  • Become aware of sounds and words
  • Enhance imagination and creativity
  • Connect words to written language
  • Improve comprehension of ideas
  • Learn storytelling: beginning, middle, end
  • Build vocabulary
  • Develop an understanding of the world
  • Boost ability to predict outcomes
  • Promote visualization
  • Develop critical thinking
  • Connect prior knowledge to current events
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Kids Who Read Expand Their Levels of Intelligence

General cognitive intelligence can be grouped into fluid intelligence and crystallized intelligence, concepts introduced by influential psychologist Raymond Cattell. The third critical leg of this stool is emotional intelligence.

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Importance of Reading

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  • Imagination and Cultural Understanding. Reading is important because children learn the difference between real and imagination. Books provide a means for kids to learn more about their culture and cultures around the world. As a result, kids develop empathy and social skills.

Reading and Storytelling with Babies and Children

How Reading Changes the Brain

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  • Sustained Increase in Brain Connectivity. Reading strong narrative increases connectivity in brain areas that involve language, physical sensation and movement both during reading as well as days later.

A Novel Look at How Stories May Change the Brain

  • Brain Development. Brain nerve fibers are active when children are reading. Specifically, white-matter pathways, which help the brain learn and function, are involved. These pathways connect and link the brain’s language centers to visual information. Stronger readers develop strong signals throughout the white-matter nerve fibers.

Reading and the Brain

Educational Performance

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  • Improved Vocabulary. Reading for pleasure makes a difference in educational performance. Learning to read is about listening, understanding and working out a range of printed words. Readers of 4th grade level words experience an increased rate of vocabulary growth compared with average readers.

The Influence of Reading on Vocabulary Growth

  • Heightened Academic Performance. Students develop critical thinking and reading comprehension skills. Pleasure reading hones and crystallizes skills learned in the classroom. Readers who self-select literature perform better in English, Mathematics, Science and History.

The Impact of Pleasure Reading on Academic Success

How Parents Help

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  • Stay Active and Involved. Parents help by reading aloud to their children and making books readily available at home, on drives, and on vacation. Time spent reading significantly enhances brain development compared with time in front of a digital device. Homes with a nurturing reading environment can stimulate brain development in young children.

Why Reading Is So Important

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