Raising Readers

Raising Readers honors all fathers, stepfathers, uncles, and grandfathers who play an important role in their children’s literacy development.

Reading is an important activity for children’s cognitive development and academic performance. Research shows reading with fathers and father figures has a significant impact on children’s language and literacy development. Positive involvement of fathers with their children is beneficial not only to the children, but also to the fathers.

Kids often imitate adult-child reading practices so here are some fascinating facts regarding children who read with their father on a regular basis:

  • Children will have more sophisticated vocabularies and communication abilities because they will feel nurtured, supported, and engaged. They’ll be better equipped to start school and perform well throughout their academic careers.
  • When dads play out the acts in the book and make thrilling comparisons to things they’ve done together, stories are elevated to a new level.
  • Both the child and the father can unwind while listening to bedtime stories. Turning the pages, according to research, reduces muscle tension and pulse rate within six minutes. Reading with dad leads to enhanced confidence, self-esteem, a better father-child relationship, and increased interest in learning.

Reading to children regularly, beginning at infancy, has been shown to be beneficial. Ninety percent of Millennial and Generation X fathers believe their greatest delight is parenting! As a result, these generations are expected to spend 40% more time with their children than earlier generations.

Here are some interesting ways you may help a child’s literacy if you’re a dad (or anyone who has a special youngster in their life):

  • Read every day in a peaceful and calm environment.
  • Tell stories about your childhood and favorite pastimes.
  • Sing jingles or nursery rhymes.
  • Discuss your child’s day. 
  • Increase discussion and allow for the creation of tales, both of which are linked to improve reading abilities.
  • Look through photography books and discuss the images.
  • Make games based on letters, words, or problem-solving techniques.
  • Read the same book more than once. 

Your youngster will be proud of themselves for learning the story and having the ability to retell what’s taking place on each page.

Allow your child to choose the narrative that piques their attention. Even if you don’t live with your children, you should read to them. You may read over the phone, through FaceTime, or even record stories to listen to while you’re gone. You might even want to start your own podcast! Visit the library and take part in the many events offered in your neighborhood to help raise a reader.

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