By Felicity LuHill
March 13, 2017
For Read Aloud Month, I looked into what reading to a child for 15 minutes a day can really do. People often underestimate the importance of reading to a young child that has little to no language skills. Here’s the truth about how important it is:
- Children often quadruple the number of words they know between the ages of one and two.
- Studies have shown that the number of words a child knows when entering kindergarten is predictive of future learning success.
- From birth to age 3, critical connections in the brain develop, 1,000 trillion connections to be exact!
- A child not reading at grade level by first grade is 88% more likely to not be reading at grade level by fourth grade.
- Kids who are not reading proficiently in third grade are four times more likely to drop out of school.
- Reading aloud builds literacy skills like vocabulary, phonics, comprehension, and storytelling.
- Reading 15 minutes a day may not seem like much but by the time your child is 5, you will have clocked in over 27,000 minutes of reading time. That’s over 19 days of pure reading!
- Reading aloud to your child 15 minutes a day from birth leads to: growth in knowledge, enriching engagement with family, and a love of books and learning.
So go ahead and get reading!
- “Read Aloud.” Read Aloud. Accessed March 13, 2017. http://www.readaloud.org/.