Reading adds up Saint-Jérôme QC
Reading adds up
By Glen Atkinson
(NC)-Unfortunately, literacy has become a luxury in Canada-and it's a scarce resource, with 42 per cent of Canadians semi-illiterate. Over the past 15 years there has scarcely been any improvement in Canada's literacy rate (International Adult Literacy Survey). In fact, a significant number of children leave elementary school without the literacy skills required to succeed in higher grades. It is an ongoing challenge across the country to figure out how to help these kids build the skills they need to succeed and stay in school.
To help combat this growing issue, LeapFrog has launched the 1 Million Reading Hours initiative (www.leapfrog.ca). By simply setting aside 15 minutes a day for 30 days this summer, Canadian children and their parents can "stay engaged with the page" and reach a national goal of a million reading hours. By encouraging the love of reading, parents are helping their children to build a foundation for future learning experiences. Instilling the lifelong love of learning comes by reading one word at a time.
Reading just a little every day adds up. If a parent and a child were to read just an hour a day beginning in infancy, by the time the child is five years old, he or she would have been read to for approximately 1800 hours. By helping children learn to read, parents set their learning path in motion. Reading to children for just a few minutes a day allows them to practice reading, cultivates their love of stories and encourages them to read on their own. In today's time-crunched world, parents sometimes simply do not have the time to read with their child. That's where electronic learning aids, such as the new Tag Reading System, step in - helping children boost their language skills on their own.
So take the time to encourage your child to read. Even reading for just a short period of time every day can add up and can go a long way in building a child's confidence and enthusiasm for learning.