March is National Reading Awareness Month

Did you know that reading aloud every day is the single most important thing you can do to prepare your child to learn? And, unfortunately, many parents and caregivers aren’t aware just how crucial it is for young children.

Why third grade reading proficiency is essential

The importance of achieving reading proficiency by the end of third grade is well established among education professionals. And, many states have even passed legislation designed to improve third grade reading, while providing specific, targeted interventions for struggling students.

This goal — reading proficiency by the end of third grade — is by no means arbitrary. If “graduating” third graders don’t develop the necessary reading skills, they quickly fall behind not only in reading, but in other subject areas. Plus, research indicates that students who do not achieve proficiency by the end of third grade are four times less likely to graduate from high school on time.

Can reading scores be improved?

Unfortunately, reading scores have been notoriously difficult to improve. While math scores have improved substantially since the early 1990s, reading scores have remained flat or increased only by small margins.

One explanation is that children generally learn math at school. But, they learn most of their language skills at home – and much of that before they ever enter school!

In fact, new advances in research show early experiences — like reading aloud — have a decisive impact on the architecture of a baby’s brain. And, when reading to babies and toddlers, cells in the children’s growing brains respond. Some brain cells are ‘turned on,’ triggered by this particular experience, existing connections among brain cells are strengthened, and new brain cells are formed.

Early intervention can make a difference

Early identification is crucial when it comes to helping children who are having trouble learning to read. According to author Joseph K. Torgesen in his recent article Catch Them Before They Fall: Identification and Assessment to Prevent Reading Failure in Young Children, “One of the most compelling findings from recent reading research is that children who get off to a poor start in reading rarely catch up. As several studies have now documented, the poor first-grade reader almost invariably continues to be a poor reader.”

So… get reading!

Since March is National Reading Month (and we LOVE to read!), we’ve listed some of our all-time favorite children’s books! What are yours?

  • Little Critter, I Was So Mad
  • Alexander and the terrible, horrible no good, very bad day
  • Hop on Pop
  • 5 Minutes Peace
  • The lady with the alligator purse
  • Cam Jansen
  • The Magic Tree House series
  • The Cricket in Times Square
  • The Lion, the witch and the wardrobe
  • Little House on the Praire
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Little Women

About Back to Basics K-12 Private School in Wilmington, Delaware

Back to Basics Private School in Wilmington, Delaware offers a unique school environment for students in grades K-12 and a focus unlike any other school in the state. With a cap of 15 students, Back to Basics Private School provides students with customized, 1-on-1 instruction and self-esteem building by experienced, degreed instructors.

At Back to Basics Private School, we create a personalized team to tailor an integrated curriculum to the specific needs and abilities of your child. The teaching staff is dedicated to the growth and development of your child academically, socially, mentally and emotionally.

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