Studies show that early reading with your kids helps them learn to speak, interact, bond with you and read early themselves. The more time you spend reading with your kids, the quicker they will develop as readers.
That’s why the El Paso Chihuahuas has teamed up with the Reading With Your Kids Podcast to inspire you to make the commitment to join our 21 Day Grand Slam Reading Challenge!
We are asking families to make the commitment to read aloud together for at least 20 minutes per day for 21 days.
Did You Know, that young children whose parents read them five books a day enter kindergarten having heard about 800,000 more words than kids who were never read to.
And reading at least 20 minutes per day with your kids will strengthen the natural bond you two share and will enable both of you to connect with what is important to your lives.
How To Begin?
You And Your Kids Take The Grand Slam Reading Pledge!
“We promise to read together for 20 minutes each day!”
Click here to download our Grand Slam Reading Challenge Tracker. Use to keep track of the days you read together.
Download Our Grand Slam Reading Challenge Bookmark
Click here to download free El Paso Chihuahua Word Find, CrossWord Puzzles, Coloring Pages and ebooks including the story of Chico the Chihuahua!
Click Here To Discover The El Paso Public Library’s Baseball Reading List
Top Ten Benefits Of Reading With Your Kids
Reading at least 20 minutes per day with your kids will strengthen the natural bond you two share and will enable both of you to connect with what is important to your lives. Reading together is the start of a life long conversation between you and your kids!
Through reading children learn about people, places, and events outside of their own experience. Kids experience these new situations through books before they encounter them in real life.
Reading exposes kids to increased vocabulary and advanced speech patterns, It also helps kids to absorb information on how to form sentences and how to use words and effectively in their writing and speaking helping them develop better communication skills.
Storytime helps reward kids for focusing. Kids have to sit still and quiet so that they can focus on the story when they are reading helping them develop longer attention spans.
By cuddling together with a book your child learns that Reading is FUN and that they are the most important thing in your life.
Time and again, reading has been proved to make us healthier, smarter, and more empathic. The researchers discovered much greater brain activation in those kids whose parents read to them more at home.
Various studies have reported connections between parents reading with their kids to development of children’s language abilities. But did you know that READING helps children in developing other capacities such as creativity and imagination?
After reading a story to your kids, they can ask and answer questions, and make further visual and imaginative associations.
If you are co-reading a novel with your teen, you and your child will critique the author’s work. kids can relate some stories to real life situation. Reading broadens their mind. They get to understand human and life better. If you need an activity to improve your child’s critical thinking skill then READING is the answer.
Preparing to write help to improve your writing skill however READING gives your children a blueprint. Reading shows children how to write so they can follow and develop their skills. If you know a great writer then you should read their works with your kids and encourage them to try to emulate their writing style. Writing is an art and kids should study it by reading.
Reading with your kids every day is a stepping stone for academic learning. Many children have the habit of learning by rote, without understanding the subject. Reading together, as a regular activity, can help children to enjoy and better understand what they are reading. This helps them in learning their subjects better. Sometimes, teaching school subjects as an interesting story (example, a boring history lesson can be turned into an interesting historical story) can help them understand better and fuel curiosity.