Schedule Time For Reading Everyday
Setting aside a specific time and place for reading and homework creates positive habits for the future. Your children will make time for reading, learning, and homework if they see it is something important to you.
Check out the video below to see how the whole family gets in on the act and establishes a routine to make reading time important.
Just like the mom in the clip, you can set an alarm for reading time and make sure your family is taking the time to do what is important.
About this video series:
Research shows that behavior in grade school can predict outcomes later in life, including whether or not a child graduates from high school. A longitudinal study examined the developmental paths toward high school graduation or dropout for more than 1,000 first graders from an urban community who were at a high risk for school dropout. Over half those with school records did not graduate, indicating behavior as early as first grade could predict outcomes later in life.
Informed by these findings, the Center for Community-Based Children’s Mental Health Research and Policy at IJR partnered with WTTW and American Graduate to create the Graduation Starts Now (GSN) campaign. GSN matched early childhood education efforts with social, emotional, and mental health lessons to identify simple things caring, consistent adults can do to everyday to keep small children on a path towards doing well in school and achieve educational success.
More Early Literacy Resources:
- Bridging the Thirty Million Word Gap: During the first years of life, a poor child hears roughly 30 million fewer total words than her more affluent peers. Children who experience this drought in heard words have vocabularies that are half the size of their peers by age 3, putting them at a disadvantage before they even step foot in a classroom.
- Reach Out & Read: An evidence-based program builds on the unique relationship between parents and medical providers to develop critical early reading skills in children, beginning in infancy. As recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, Reach Out and Read incorporates early literacy into pediatric practice, equipping parents with tools and knowledge to ensure that their children are prepared to learn when they start school.