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Read! Read! Read!

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"The early years set the stage for later learning...the single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children." - Becoming a Nation of Readers: The Report of the Commission on Reading

National Children's Reading Foundation website states that 25 percent of U.S. parents reported not having books available in the home.

"Across the nation just under half of children between birth and five years (47.8 percent) are read to every day by their parents or other family members," according to Reading Across the Nation: A Chartbook.

As many as one-third of American children enter kindergarten lacking at least some of the skills needed for a successful learning experience. For too many children, the preschool years have left them without the language skills necessary for literacy acquisition, the November 2007 study Reading Across the Nation: A Chartbook states.

So, in the end these children do not get the opportunity to have a quality education as they are consistently behind and are unable to catch up. You can just imagine how this story could end...

Maybe I am biased because I am very passionate about reading and am a volunteer tutor for Pro-Literacy America. But it saddens me that so many parents are NOT reading to their children.

I personally feel it's important to give hope to these young children, for their future and ours! My question to you is what is your experience with reading to your children? Are you encountering parents who are not reading to theirs? And what are YOUR thoughts on the importance of early childhood reading?

On a lighter note here are some fun things to pass along!

• Barnes and Noble at the Gateway Mall has a summer reading program that is fun. You can either read to your child or have your child read eight books and they get a free book!

• The Prescott, Prescott Valley and Chino Valley libraries all have summer reading programs. My son and I are participating in the Prescott Public Library program. Its cute - you color in a caterpillar each day you read and at the end of the week you bring your form in for a prize!

Happy reading!

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