Originally Posted by mmyap
If I ruled the world I would make it mandatory that every parent MUST read to their children starting at 1 year up until at least 10. Can you imagine what that would do for the education system, not to mention parenting!
20 minutes per day at least.
i started reading to my boy as soon as he was able to sit up.
it was "my job" when he was small, along with nightly bathing, since dw was swamped taking care of her mom.
i kept gong every night through when he was in first grade. even when i worked 8am to midnights every saturday, i'd take my combned dinner hours on the double dhift and race home around 7pm, bathe him and read to him (check out old posts) thrn race back into work because it was so important.
well, if any young parents are reading this, or caregivers of young kids, the proof is in the pudding.
my boy has been student of the month every year since kindergarten, and the student of the year last year.
he's in the gifted/talented class this year, student of thhe month twice, and in the running for another student of the year.
he just has to take down gabby, that perfect little @#$%* that has no life except for school. lol.
but today, my boy has state testing for proficiency, and i told him to take his test, relax, then check it over to find any mistakes to correct them. just like pitching an inning, or skiing a run, or even planting veggies with me. it's all about? thinking about the subject at hand.
these disciplines begin with reading and thinking about how things work.
he said that he found a few mistskes today and fixed them after checking twice. i was so happy.
it all goes back to early cognitive development.
no minute is wasted when teaching a child anything.
believe me, i'm not bragging. it'just a statement of how things work.
i can back it up by how the boys on my baseball team and cub scout pack act.
teach them to read and realate it to practical ecperience, and you've passed on knowledge, not just a story.