Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Why Nannies Should Read to Kids Each Day

Nanny Confessions: We Must Teach Kids to Love Books

I confess, it is sometimes hard for me to make time to read to kids everyday. But, no matter how busy the day gets, it's vital to read aloud to children to help them learn to love reading.

You don't have to like reading yourself. You don't have to read on your own time. But, since reading aloud to children is so important, I urge every nanny make the effort to read aloud to your charges each and every day.

There is much debate as to whether children can learn to read, or not, before two-years of age. Despite that argument, we can all agree that one of the most important tools for learning starts with a love of books. To nurture that love, we must read books aloud to children. Here are10 benefits of reading aloud to babies.

Reading books aloud to children is so simple. According to Esme Raji Codell, author of How to Get Your Child to Love Reading,reading doesn't require any special training. Ms. Codell explains, "In fact, it is so easy on everyone's part that it hard to believe an activity only slightly more kinetic than television viewing could yield results that verge on the miraculous."

In the book, Baby Read-Aloud Basics,Caroline J. Blackmore and Barbara Weston Ramirez describe ways babies benefit from a daily read-aloud routine. They explain that the emotional, mental, physical, and sensory benefits of daily reading to a baby are to great to ignore! The authors explain that the baby’s brain is equipped to absorb enormous amounts of information.

For example, new evidence shares that seemingly passive babies are, in terms of brain activity, more active than adults. They share that not only the time from birth to two-years-old critical for language development, but the foundation of learning development and future academic success.

In his book, The Read-Aloud Handbook,Jim Trelease lists the benefits of reading aloud to children.

Research by Jim Trelease shows that sharing books:
  • Conditions the child to associate reading with pleasure, which is necessary to maintain reading as a lifelong activity.
  • Contributes to background knowledge for all other subjects including science, history, geography, math, and social studies.
  • Provides the child with a reading model.
  • Creates empathy toward other people because books offer insight into different lifestyles, values, and humanity.
  • Increases a child's vocabulary, grammar, and writing skills.
  • Improves a child's chances of staying in school.
  • Improves future probability of employment.
  • Increases life span by higher education, better employment, and higher quality of life.
  • Lowers probability of imprisonment.
  • Improves problem-solving and critical-thinking skills needed for all other areas of learning.
  • Offers information.
  • Offers laughter and entertainment and an alternative to television
  • Improves attention span.
  • Stimulates the imagination.
  • Nurtures emotional development and improves self-esteem.
  • Reading skills are necessary for academic success.

How to Get Your Child to Love Reading
The Read-Aloud Handbook: Seventh Edition
Baby Read-Aloud Basics: Fun and Interactive Ways to Help Your Little One Discover the World of Words

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Reading Makes Your Child Smarter

Reading is known to have numerous benefits. It increases your world knowledge, enhances your vocabulary, and works to improve your reading comprehension abilities.

But did you know that reading can actually make you smarter?

In fact, reading not only can make a child smarter, the very act of reading can even help to compensate for modest levels of cognitive ability in children by building their vocabulary and general knowledge! This is a finding reported by researchers Cunningham and Stanovich in a report titled "What Reading Does For the Mind".

The simple fact here is that reading can make your child smarter, and that learning to read early on is directly linked to later success in life.

1) Did you know that your child's vocabulary at 3 years old predicts his or her grade one reading success? [1]

2) Did you know that vocabulary and reading ability in first grade strongly predicts grade 11 outcomes? [2]

3) Did you know that your child's reading skill in grade 3 directly influences high school graduation? Studies have found that children who cannot read proficiently by grade 3 are four times more likely to leave school without a diploma than proficient readers! [3]

>> Give your child the best possible head start. Teach your child to read today. Click here to learn how.

But how do you teach a young child to read, and isn't that the job of the school and teachers?

You can't be more wrong...

With the right tools, knowledge, and techniques, teaching young children to read can be a simple and effective process. I'd like to introduce you to a fantastic reading program called Children Learning Reading, a super effective method for teaching children to read - even children as young as just 2 or 3 years old.

The creators of this program have used it to teach their four children to read before age 3, and by reading, I mean real, phonetic reading.

I can understand if you find that hard to believe... In fact, I had a difficult time believing it myself as well... that is, until I saw the videos they posted documenting the reading progress of the their children - not to mention all the videos other parents have sent in showcasing their children's reading progress after using the Children Learning Program. After learning more about their methods and techniques, it became clear how it's possible to teach young children to read effectively.

It is truly within your ability to teach your child to read in a relatively short period of time spending just 10 to 15 minutes each day.

>> Click here now to watch the videos and start teaching your child to read.

1. Vocabulary Development and Instruction: A Prerequisite for School Learning
Andrew Biemiller, University of Toronto

2. Early reading acquisition and its relation to reading experience and ability 10 years later.
Cunningham AE, Stanovich KE.

3. Double Jeopardy How Third-Grade Reading Skills and Poverty Influence High School Graduation
Donald J. Hernandez, Hunter College and the Graduate Center,