Saturday, November 19, 2016

American Academy Of Pediatrics Gives Tips To Parents On Books

The American Academy of Pediatrics believes early literacy is so important that it tells doctors and parents they need to do more to promote literacy to the youngest generation.  We can see why.

Based on a National Survey of Children’s Health 2011-2012, the AAP notes on its site the following:

·         "More than 1 in 3 American children start kindergarten without the language skills they need to learn to read.

·         "Each year, approximately 2/3 of children in the United States and 80% of those living below the poverty threshold fail to develop reading proficiency by the end of third grade.

·         "About 60% of American children from birth to age 5 who live in high-income families are read to daily; almost 2/3 of them hear stories or sing with their parents every day.

·        " By comparison, 1/3 of children from low-income families are read to daily and fewer than half of them hear stories or sing with their parents every day."

The AAP advises that:

·        " Parents should read aloud with young children.

·         "Set aside time every day to read together.  Many children like to have stories read them at bedtime.  This is a great way to connect with your child to wind down after a busy day, and to get ready for sleep.

·         "Leave books in your child’s room for her to enjoy on her own.  Make sure her room is reading friendly with a comfortable bed or chair, bookshelf, and reading lamp.

·         "Read books that your child enjoys.  Let her choose the books she wants to read with you.  After a while, your child may remember the words in her favorite book. When this happens, let your child complete the sentences or take turns reciting the words.

·         "Do not drill your child on letters, numbers, colors, shapes or words.  Instead, make a game out of it and find ways to support her curiosity and interests."

The AAP also recommends when reading to a child, a parent can:

·         "Run your finger under the words as you read to show your child that the print carries the story.

·         "Use funny voices and animal noises.  Do not be afraid to ham it up!  This will help your child get excited about the story.

·         "Stop to look at the pictures.  Ask your child to name things she sees in the pictures.  Talk about how the pictures relate to the story.

·         "Invite your child to join in whenever there is a repeated phrase in the text.

·         "Show your child how events in the book are like events in your child’s life.

·         "If your child asks a question, stop and answer it.  The book may help your child express her thoughts and feelings and solve her own problems.

·         "Keeping reading to your child even after she learns to read.  A child can listen to and understand stories that are too hard to read on her own.

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