1 minute 12 seconds
Updated: Apr 29, 2019
That’s how much (little) we read on average with our 6-12-year-olds. Let's increase this!
According to US Department of Labor, we spend 1 minute 12 seconds reading daily with our 6-12-year-olds. I don't think we in Europe are much better and doubt the global average is much higher.
Ample research demonstrates that reading aloud with our children promotes the development of language and activates the parts of the brain that help with mental imagery and understanding narrative. Children who are read to also get a head start in life which tend to increase as they grow according to research.
Continue to read with them even after they can read as it keeps fostering the development of listening skills, spelling, reading comprehension and vocabulary, and establishing essential foundational literacy skills as well as the cognitive development. Why not take turns, let your child read some then you read some?
Best of all is that it's a moment children cherish as they get some quality time with their parents.
Let's make the world smarter!