November is National Family Literacy Month! This month, get the whole family snuggled up on the couch and open up a good book. Studies show that reading aloud with mom or dad is the most important activity when it comes to preparing children to read on their own. And if you raise a good reader… pretty much anything is possible! Reading helps with vocabulary, writing skills, attention span, memory, and teaches us about other times and places.
Even if your child is just a baby, you should still sit down and read with them every once in a while. An infant can look at pictures and listen to your voice as you read stories to them — and believe it or not, studies show that that alone can have a profound effect on your child when it comes to learning later on in life. Grab a few books, gather the family, snuggle up, and let a book take you all to another place together.
If you are reading to toddlers or other young children, try to remember when you were young, and the way you liked listening to your parents or teachers read with excitement in their voice, and when they gave you enough time to look at the pictures as well as listening to the words.
Here are a few things you can do this month (and hopefully every month to follow) to participate in National Family Literacy Month.
- Set aside a little time for reading every day, even if it’s only for 15 or so minutes.
- Go through both old and new books, and set some of your favorites around the house.
- Take a few trips to the library.
- Read your child the book version of their favorite movie. If they can read on their own, encourage them to read it!
- Start a book club with friends and family.
- Participate in a book drive and donate old or used books you no longer need. This will help families in need read to their kids.
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