Written by Dr. Charles Murphy, Island Trees Superintendent of Schools Friday, 02 March 2012 00:00
Learning is like building a house – you need to do it from the foundation up one step at a time. Naturally, children need to know the basics before they can tackle complex topics. These are skills parents can start building in the home step by step and teachers can then enrich at school. To do this, parents need to read and talk with their children each day to develop a strong foundation of knowledge. In fact, it is suggested that pre-school and elementary parents spend at least 15 minutes a day reading with their children. If this is unrealistic in your home, then your children should spend this time with reading materials.
Reading fictional and nonfictional materials is strongly suggested on a variety of topics, the more areas your children are exposed to, the more knowledge your children will acquire for future understanding. This foundation of information will prepare and place your child in a great position for school discussions. As a result, your children will have a greater understanding of the most important topics studied in school: history, science, and literature. Equally important, your children will develop a rich vocabulary that will last a lifetime.