LETTER: Sharing a book offers benefitsWhat can you do with 20 minutes of your time? You can take a shower, mop the floors, or watch an episode of The Office on Netflix. But what about reading a book to your child? Reading to your kids is more than just a form of entertainment or an easy way to get them to sleep.
What can you do with 20 minutes of your time? You can take a shower, mop the floors, or watch an episode of The Office on Netflix. But what about reading a book to your child? Reading to your kids is more than just a form of entertainment or an easy way to get them to sleep.
According to a report by Jennifer Warner posted on the CBS News website in 2006, regularly reading to your children earlier in their lives may lead to better language skills, a larger vocabulary and higher intelligence.
Some parents may lack the time or resources to read to their children, but there are options in our community to make it easier.
The Superior Public Library has an array of options for children’s books. And if the child is age 5 or older, they can get a library card absolutely free if they live in the state of Wisconsin.
The library is open Monday through Saturday, leaving lots of options for making time to allow your child to choose a book. The library also has summer story time every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. where guest readers read to children in the children’s room. This would be a fun, educational event for your child.
It is also possible to arrange a carpool with a group of parents, which would allow for you to leave more time in your schedule for other important tasks while supporting your child’s education.
If helping your child develop better reading and writing skills doesn’t convince you to try reading to them, maybe this will change your mind.
Reading to your child is a magnificent bonding experience. It allows you to have one-on-one time. It’s a chunk of time, whether it’s just five minutes, or an hour, where the two of you are completely in tune with one another.
Remember that it’s never too late to start making a difference in your child’s education. Even if it seems like a small part of another ordinary day, it’s going to create lifelong memories for the most extraordinary part of your life.
Cara C. Lundquist,
UW Superior student