Dear Waterbury School Community,
Our PTO Book Fair and Family Reading Night will be held next week. This week I am sharing some information from the Reading Is Fundamental’s Literacy Central website https://www.rif.org/literacy-central/parents. There are many interesting ideas in the Tips and Resources section under the headings Helping Children to Read, Reading Activities, Literacy Activities, and Activity Calendars.
One of the best ways to help children discover the joy of reading is to read aloud to them. It’s never too early - or too late - to start. All children, even infants and teens, can benefit from listening to you read aloud.
WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOUR CHILD?
Research shows that families play an important role in children’s reading success. By reading aloud with your children and encouraging them to read on their own, you are helping them become better readers, better listeners, and better students. You are also helping them build vocabulary and language skills, and helping them gain knowledge about the world around them. When you read aloud together, children learn quickly that reading is important. Most of all, they learn that reading is fun!
WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?
Reading is more than just making sense of words on a page. It’s an adventure! It’s a chance to explore new places, discover new things, and meet new people. Plus, it’s something you and your children can do together. Reading aloud can be a special time for you and your children to bond. You can cuddle together as you share stories, laugh at silly characters, root for heroes, and wag your fingers at villains. You’ll get to know each other better as you talk about what you read. You’ll feel especially satisfied knowing that you’re helping your children develop a lifelong habit of reading.
When you open a book with your children, you are opening the world for them. You are making them think and wonder and want to know more. You are helping them to do well in school. Best of all, you are enjoying time together as a family.
I hope to see many families at our Family Reading Night and PTO Book Fair next Wednesday evening, October 16!
Dr. Debbie Guzan