Letter: Read to children daily

Mar. 08, 2014 @ 11:29 PM

To the editor:

Parents need to read to their children every day. The first three to five years of life represent a critical window for learning for children, with rapid brain development that does not occur at any other time.

By age 3, a child’s brain grows billions of cells and hundreds of trillions of connections, or synapses, between these cells during this time. Everything a child soaks up during these years helps to set the stage for future learning. These years are truly the foundation on which the rest of life sits. Everything our children soak up during these years sets the possibilities for success in life and learning.

Children who grow up without sufficient exposure to language often struggle with reading in early grades. One in six children who are not reading proficiently in third grade do not graduate from high school on time, a rate four times greater than that for proficient readers.

Reading aloud to our children every day, beginning at birth, can prevent children from being part of this startling statistic. Reading aloud to children increases strong chances they’ll become good readers and in turn, develop a love of reading that will carry them through school, work and beyond.

Garry Daeke

Henderson