The following excerpt appeared in a recent school newsletter, to inspire parents to build on our belief that reading at school should be fun, interesting and personal. This will in turn improve academic outcome and fuel creativity. Imagine if you will…the assigned reading is “unassigned!”
“Forget Baby Einstein. The single best way to increase your child’s IQ is to read to her and instill a love of reading. Does your child read every evening, not because it’s assigned, but just for fun? Some kids do, and those are the kids who do better academically, at every step of the way. School performance correlates more directly with children’s reading scores than any other single indicator.
What happens? The habit of reading never really gets ingrained in childhood. Our kids love leafing through books as toddlers, looking at the pictures. They may even enjoy reading as early elementary schoolers. But reading is hard work, and life offers so many other ways to entertain themselves that early reading often seems more like work than play. They never get to that delicious place where reading a book is more fun than almost anything.”
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