Starting in kindergarten, if a student reads 20
minutes a day at home, they will hear 1.8 million words per year. They
will have read for 851 hours by 6th grade and on standardized
tests, they will likely score better than 90% of their peers.
This is compelling data on the benefits of
encouraging your child to read.
Helps in language
From the time your child is born, reading out
loud is a positive influence. As your child grows, daily reading will help the
brain make connections between the written and spoken word, widening vocabulary
in the process.
Adding to that benefit, vocabulary knowledge
equates to masterful spelling. In fact, reading, spelling and vocabulary are
critically important to a child's lifelong achievement.
Promotes brain development
Educators have long said reading makes people
smarter, and there’s research backing them up. A recent study conducted by the American
Academy of Pediatrics found reading to children of any age wakens a number of
regions in the left part of the brain. The areas in the brain that become
active involve understanding the meaning of words and concepts tied to memory.