The United States has consistently been at the forefront of improving child literacy rates across the world, but the issue is not entirely resolved within America. The lifelong effects of not learning how to read at a young age are drastically unsettling. According to a recent study by DoSomething.org, 2/3 of students who are unable to read proficiently by the end of fourth grade will end up relying on welfare or in jail.
The number of people who are unable to read has been declining as the country has increased its focus on education, but even today one in four Americans grow up not knowing how to read at a proficient level. This is not an issue we should ignore, but instead something we should heavily focus on so children are able to develop their brains and have a greater chance of making an impact in society.
The ability to read at a young age opens up countless doors that kids who are unable to read never have. Children who are able to read increase their brain development, perform better in school, and are typically more social than those who cannot read.
As parents, it is very important to recognize the cognitive advantages your children will gain if you expose them to books at a young age. Kids who are frequently read to between the ages 2 and 5 show greater signs of success later in their lives compared to kids who were never read to by their parents.
Reading to your kids has shown to lead to stronger relationships between parents and kids because they savor these times together. In addition to the academic advantages, reading also leads to significantly greater communication abilities. Being able to read to at a young age reinforces word structures and language. It also makes your child a better communicator because the exposure to interactions between the characters in the books encourages kids to express themselves and follow their own passions more so than kids who were not read to at a young age.
Here at Famigo, we’re trying to do our part to encourage young students to pick up books and read. We have countless apps and eBooks available that offer interactive experiences that making reading seem more attractive to kids.
Some of our favorite reading apps include:
Phrasal Verbs Machine: Phrasal Verbs Machine helps students learn how to use phrasal verbs. This app includes animated illustrations and exercises involving 100 phrasal verbs set in a fun circus world. This app requires that you also download Adobe Air.
TVOKids Hop Frog Hop: A fun, creative app for younger children to help strengthen and develop their memory skills. Working memory has been found to be strongly linked to many cognitive tasks, such as reading, writing, and math. Research shows that improving working memory improves the opportunities for learning!
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Crossblog by: BY