To Raise a Reader
Date posted: September 22, 2016
Today marks the start of Raise-a-Reader Week!
One of the clearest pieces of advice for raising a reader is to read to a child. Many parents do just that, but may stop once a child can read on their own.
Doug Lemov on how to ‘push the margins’ of what children can read is a recent article outlining several reasons for continuing to read to your child after they are independent readers. Lemov advises reading more advanced books than a child can read on their own to:
- Build complex vocabulary
- Develop an understanding of complex sentence structure
- Prepare children to read and understand complex stories
- Continue to support engagement with reading.
And, we’d add, because it’s enjoyable for both the reader and the listener!