Reading to Kids: 20 Minutes a Day Can Change a Life

Waterbury Youth Service System, Inc. shared this encouraging information about books and kids:

March is National Reading Month. Here are some interesting facts about the importance of reading to your child for 20 minutes a day:
• Children with low-education families can do as well as children with high-education families if they have access to books at home. (Family scholarly culture and educational success: Books and schooling in 27 nations 2010 )
•Children learn an average of 4,000 to 12,000 new words each year as a result of book reading. (Scholastic: Classroom Libraries Work!)
•Research has found a relation between the amount of time that children read for fun on their own and reading achievement. (Handbook of Research on Teaching the English Language Arts)

For more information and interesting facts visit:http://www.scholastic.com/readeveryday/facts.htm

To learn more about all the great things Waterbury Youth Service System, Inc. is doing in our community visit their site here.

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