Be a Bookworm Family
by Susan G Mathis
A recent study out of the University of Nevada at Reno discovered that a child who has more than 25 books in his or her home has the equivalent of a year of education, and a child who has read or been read 500 or more books has 3.2 years of education! I’m going to shoot for the 500 or more books, and I know my daughter would agree.
Several years ago, I started a tradition of reading stories to my grandchildren over Skype, and it’s been fun. The best of all is when they request my picture books, Lexie’s Adventure in Kenya: Love is Patient or Madison’s Rainbow Adventure. But they love anything I read to them!
It’s easy to impart the love of reading to your preschooler. Reading books aloud builds vocabulary, comprehension, attention and a love of books. Be sure to use a lot of drama, excitement, emotion and inflection as you read to hold their attention. And ask lots of questions as you read through the book.
Whether you’re a parent, grandparent or caregiver, always keep books handy. Put books in the car, in your bathroom, in every room of your house. Model the love of reading by letting your child see you read . . and not just on technology. Make reading a social event. Read constantly.
Susan Mathis is the author of The Fabric of Hope: An Irish Family Legacy and four other books. She is the vice president of Christian Authors Network and the founding editor of Thriving Family magazine and former editor of 12 Focus on the Family publications. She has written hundreds of articles and now serves as a writer, writing coach and consultant. For more, visit www.SusanGMathis.com.