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It’s Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, and although it is already half over, September is National Literacy Month. As a news site, we value literacy, both in digital form and in good, old fashioned book form.
And the inbox is filling up with literacy topics and tips to groom good reading habits, especially among the young. The American Academy of Pediatrics said in a 2014 study, “Reading proficiency by the third grade is the most important predictor of high school graduation and career success.” For older folks, a study by the U.S. Department of Education said 32 million adults in the U.S. still can’t read.
Our friends at Brainly.com, an online learning platform, are sharing tips from parenting expert Patrick Quinn to help parents encourage kids to be better readers. Here are some of his ideas — and my thoughts.
- “For every 10 books your child reads, allow [them] to choose a prize from a bin of dollar store goodies or earn some type of coveted privilege.” Sports or Magic cards or favorite treats are good for this, too.
- “Pick books for your child that feature topics and themes he or she is already interested in.” In addition to frequent library trips, I grew up reading a steady dose of comic books and boxing magazines. All reading is good reading.
- “Work with your child to make … an area where they’d…