Is it that important to read to a baby every day? Yes! Reading aloud to a child 30 minutes a day makes a HUGE difference in your child’s kindergarten readiness.
Let’s do some math. Most children start kindergarten between the ages of 5 and 6 so we’ll do our figures for a 5 1/2 year old.
If you have been reading to your child since infancy for 30 minutes a day they will have been fed over 1000 hours of brain food!
Reduce that to only 30 minutes a week and your child loses 861 hours of stories, fairy tales and nursery rhymes.
A child that has not been read to could have less than 60 hours of literacy experience when they enter kindergarten. No teacher, no matter how creative and talented, can make up for those lost hours of brain food. Sad, isn’t it.
Which child will you send to Kindergarten?