In the NY Times, a recent study by Common Sense Media showed a dramatic decrease in teens reading for pleasure. What are the culprits? If you guessed video games, television, and cell phones you are definitely on the right track. Unfortunately, studies also link daily reading to higher intelligence, improved critical thinking and achievement.
Reading is not only a tool for learning but improves vocabulary, curiousity and overall exposure to the world and to different cultures. As a parent the best thing you can do is find a subject matter that interests your children. Some other tips include:
- Visit your local library or book store. They are both staffed with knowledgable people with ability to match kids with books.
- Set a good example — If your child sees you that you read regularly, she may be more inclined to follow suit.
- Dedicate Reading Time– Set a regular time in the home where everyone reads; no electronics allowed!
- Find books that you yourself enjoy, and then share them with your child. Find areas of discussion.