We are living in a world that is demanding so much of our time. Rush! Rush! Rush! “I’ve got to get to work.” “Whoops! Forgot, to pick up dinner.” “Get up, William, you’re going to be late for school.” “Come on Adesia, I’ll drop you off at choir practice.” “Did you eat breakfast?” ” Hurry now, let me help you tie your shoes.” “Melissa, put down that Ipod and get your shoes on you’re going to be late for soccer practice.” Day after day after day. When all is said and done, “Did you take time to read to your child (ren) today?”
Statistics show: Reading by the end of 3rd grade is the foundation on which students’ success in school is built. After 3rd grade, your child will go from “learning to read” to “reading to learn”. A big difference! If your child is not fully prepared, research shows they will eventually fall behind their peers in performance (Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic). If they fail to catch up, after the primary years, they are at risk of becoming dropouts, teen parents, underemployed adults, and involved in criminal justice system at some point in their life.
What can we do as parents, grandparents, mentors, afterschool helpers/tutors – We can READ to our children (at least 20 minutes) every day? If they are up in age, let them read to you. Volunteer 1/2 hour in an afterschool program, preschools, or your child’s/grandchild’s classroom. Together, we can help our children. Let’s participate in our children’s future!