Parents are crucial in providing the building blocks for early childhood literacy. Because literacy is the single strongest predictor for becoming a healthy adult, Nemours Children’s Health System recently launched a program called Reading BrightStart!, which is a national effort aimed at improving early literacy and encouraging kids to have a love for reading. The website offers parents and caregivers evidence-based tools to help their children develop the language skills necessary to read. Readingbrightstart.org is supported by science and research, and is presented with a science and health perspective. This makes it different from other reading websites. We are talking about evidence-based research here!
Not only that, the website offers hands on tools, suggestions, and examples for how parents can really get involved in their children’s education. They provide tools and examples that parents can use to engage with their children from birth. Reading is a crucial life skill but many children are reaching kindergarten unprepared. Parents have the opportunity to unlock their child’s true potential and to create strong readers by incorporating literacy activities into their daily lives.
Reading is a major public health issue. Your ability to read has implication to your long-term health, more so than your age and socioeconomic status. This is a HUGE deal!
The Nemours BrightStart! Program is available to every family in the U.S., at no cost. Every single parent has access to the program so that they can ensure their children are ready to succeed in school and in life.
The Reading BrightStart! website offers a list of recommended books as well as recommended activities for children by their age and reading level.
Here is an example of the kind of activity you will find within the 12-17 month age range. It is so much fun to watch my “baby” use his “language” to talk with his teddy. We use life size Mickey Mouse! 🙂
It is truly amazing what he can understand, I can’t wait to hear him start to use his words to communicate!
The list of recommended books is awesome! Here is an example of one of the books you will find on the 12-18 month list. We found this one (as well as many of the others) at our local library. Each of the books on the list come with corresponding activities to do with your children, before, during, and after reading each of the books. These activities help children to utilize their literacy skills in their daily activities. “Uh-Oh! Oh-No!” has definitely become one of our favorite games!
Finally, Nemours offers a Preschool Reading Screening for those children who are 3, 4 and 5 years old. Find out where you child stands, are they prepared, and what you can do to help them get there!
40% of children in the U.S. enter kindergarten without the reading readiness skills required to succeed. Parents play an absolutely crucial role in encouraging their children to develop their early literacy skills at home. Reading and learning can be a part of your everyday activities. Reading and literacy success starts at birth, check out Readingbrightstart.org now, to find out how you can get started!
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