I came across an article in a Canadian paper about the importance of literacy, with many suggestions for families to keep their children interested in books. This article was written by Jill Rhynard, Coordinator of Health Promotion for the Interior Health, in preparation for Canada's upcoming Family Literacy Day. Some highlights from the article:
"Research shows that children who are exposed to books and reading early will do better at math."
"Reading to your child will help them with their listening skills, vocabulary and language skills, as well as developing imagination and creativity."
"Be a role model for your children - let them see you read. "
"Keep your teen reading by giving them a subscription to their favourite magazine."
There are lots of other concrete suggestions for families in the full article.
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