The Amazing Flight of Little Ray
April 2018 by V. R. Duin


And when Little Ray heard their words,
He came to his senses and thought about birds.
Under their feathers, they had to have skin.
If so, Little Ray's fight was about to begin!
(“The Amazing Flight of Little Ray”)

Pay reading forward to help children achieve success at school through early development and learning.

The Cincinnati Children's Reading and Literacy Discovery Center has been studying the power of picture books. Their 2018 study of 27 children of about age four showed visuals greatly aid early development and learning.

A reading voice alone is not captivating for children. Viewing animated stories on screens offers no time for children to think. Reading aloud with pictures engages thought. It builds imagination and concentration skills.

Child readers have a better chance of gaining literacy skills. The closeness that develops while reading to a child is warm and engaging. It is reassuring. Children watch adults for guidance.

Reading removes the overload of screen time. Children can read any distraction and disinterest in adults. Staring into a digital device is distancing. The frustrations of work and screen time are contagious.

Few children from disadvantaged backgrounds receive reading attention. Parents, older siblings and adults around them may not understand the importance of reading to children. They may remain unenlightened.

Disadvantaged children may begin school without a strong foundation for educational success. A reading history helps the ability to read, learn and comprehend written content. It helps children achieve success.

Non-readers fall behind in school and may become discouraged. These children may drop out of school and take to the streets. Parents who read to their children create a positive association with books, reading and learning.

Reading for pleasure and success is likely to remain in adulthood. Reading helps meet accelerating change with independent study for development of new skills. Reading mentors may raise reading rates for generations.

Households with the greatest number of books homes may prepare children for school testing. Facts About Children's Literacy showed that reading to children at home can improve literacy and numeracy.

Early reading develops thought and imagination. Picture books are important for the first five years of a child's early development and learning. They stimulate attention, memory and focus.

Schools with low parental involvement have low success rates. Reading exposes children to the outside world and expands their vocabularies. Reading also helps them learn how to extract useful information from texts.

There are benefits of joint learning from story time with adults. It promotes challenging reflections and interesting discussions about connections of the story action and characters to real life.

Soft skills may get an early start with cozy reads during childhood. Focus and stimulus are provided to these developing minds. Some employers place premiums on soft skills, like history, philosophy or the fine arts.

School children may be taught conformity. They may be forced to study subjects they may never use or find any need to know. An inquiring mind must be set on track for marketable technical and professional fields.

Reading helps spelling, writing and thinking. The magic of reading aloud to a child combines warmth, sight and sound. Once children determine reading is fun and interesting, they create a habit of reading and study.

Passions may become central to quests for knowledge. Early development and learning starts when books are read to children. It sets the stage for sophisticated skills and dynamic achievements that improve life opportunities.

Basic literacy is a life skill. Books enrich language exposure and strengthen school readiness. Reluctant readers can be hooked on the interesting and fun aspects of books.

Connections in the real world are needed for success in the real world. Children, who are glued to electronic devices, are disconnected from the learning process. They do not develop collaborative attention with others.

Reading provides the information, insights and viewpoints. Reading may help children reason and deal with new situations. Reading requires determined effort. Effort is required to develop intelligence and diligence.

The shock and awe of fast-moving screens does not allow participation. There is too much happening for deep thinking. Reading gives time for thought. Reading develops mental faculties needed to process information.

Readers of this article recognized that reading matters. This interest in reading likely came from an adult. Reading aloud to children teaches an appreciate books at a young age. Let's work together to pay reading forward.

Every child deserves an early start and a wide variety of reading materials. Exposure to interesting words and content helps pave the way for success. Reading rates can be raised by showing children the pleasure in it.

Help children achieve success at school.

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    Pay reading forward to improve educational and life opportunities for success at school, at work and at home in our communities.

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    Reading aloud to them and providing them with books to read at home may help children achieve success at school, where progress has been stagnant for decades.

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      Reading can help achieve success at school, at work and at home to improve educational equality and lessen the socioeconomic divisions in this country.