Reading and writing at home boosts success

Reading and writing at home boosts success
Posted on 02/03/2021
Read/Write at Home

When children spend their time reading and writing, it benefits them academically. It may pay off later in life, too.

Studies show that children who sharpen their literacy skills at home—even with activities that are just for fun—are more successful in school than other kids. And they become adults with strong work ethics that serve them well in the workplace.

Luckily, it’s easy to encourage your child to spend more time reading and writing. Here are three ideas to try:

  1. Make books a priority. Don’t save stories for bedtime—read them any time of day! Keep books out where your child can get to them. Check out new titles from the library. And set a good example: When you have some downtime, reach for a book instead of the remote. Your child will notice.
  2. Start a family journal. Each weekend, have your child jot down something special about his week. It doesn’t need to be long; a couple of sentences will do. After his entry, add your own. By the end of the school year, you’ll have a written record of memories!
  3. Play word games. Each round of Scrabble does more than entertain your child. It hones his reading and writing skills. Best of all, he won’t suspect you’re “teaching” him anything!

Reprinted with permission from the February 2021 issue of Parents make the difference!® (Elementary School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2021 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc. Source: N.L. Alston-Abel and V.W. Berninger, “Relationships Between Home Literacy Practices and School Achievement: Implications for Consultation and Home-School Collaboration,” Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation, Taylor and Francis.

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