Read Across America | Car Seat Edition

March 10, 2016 Tips & Advice

Here at Diono we are focused on car seat safety, but as parents we’re often considering broader concerns for our children’s well-being. Proper nutrition, a quality education, how much screen time should we allow – you know, the big stuff.

Last week you were likely inundated with emails, Facebook posts and school project requests related to Dr. Seuss Day. March 2nd is the beloved author’s birthday and Read Across America Day. It serves as the kick-off to National Reading Month. Designed to promote reading motivation and awareness, Read Across America was started by the National Education Association (NEA) in 1998.

Research has shown that children who are exposed to books from a young age and spend more time reading do better in school.

Did You Know…
Creating a steady stream of new, age appropriate books has been shown to nearly triple interest in reading within months.
The average student learns about 3,000 words per year during their early years. That’s 8 words/day!
Even 15 minutes a day of independent reading can expose children to more than a million words of text in a year

Raising strong readers starts long before the first day of school. Early literacy behaviors can be encouraged during your child’s first three years by singing nursery rhymes, allowing him or her to explore and play with books and by reading out loud every day.

Early Literacy Behaviors include:
Book handling behaviors
Looking & recognizing
Picture & story comprehension
Story reading behaviors

Find reading moments during car trips, daily school runs and errands around town. Establishing a routine helps children of all ages learn to sit and relax with a book; creating positive associations with reading.

Create Reading Moments in the Car
Choose durable cloth or board books for younger children to use independently while you drive.
Allow older children to select their own reading material at the library or from your own collection.
Keep a few backup options in a car organizer, backseat protector or in the diaper bag.

For information about early literacy and reading programs, visit NEA or 1000 Books Before Kindergarten.