Today’s sponsored post is brought to you by The Children’s Trust #Read30 Summer Reading Challenge. All thoughts are my own.
Reading has always been an important part of my life. I would spend hours upon hours at the library, and then at home, reading book after book. For the baby shower my friend hosted for Emily’s arrival, she suggested guests bring books in place of greeting cards, inscribing their thoughts inside. This helped to start Emily’s library and both girls enjoy their library immensely. Now that school is out, reading has kind of taken a back seat to the fun of summer days. While enjoying the beautiful days of summer, it’s important to remember that summer reading is far-reaching. That’s why we are taking on the #Read30 Summer Reading Challenge and want you to join us!
#Read30 Summer Reading Challenge
What is #Read30? #Read30 is a social call-to-action for parents, families, and mentors to snap and post photos reading with their children using the hashtag #Read30. After posting a photo, campaign participants will be connected to a host of literacy resources for children of all ages available at their local library branches. By practicing and sharing positive habits daily, this community wide effort will help children succeed in school and in life.
As a child’s first and best teacher, your support can make a significant difference in helping them succeed in school and life by reading with them every day. Did you know that children who read for 30 minutes daily are more likely to read at grade level by the third grade, increasing the likelihood of academic and professional success. According to a 2010 report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, “reading proficiently by the end of third grade can be a make-or-break benchmark in a child’s educational development.” Until the end of third grade, most children are learning to read, but beginning in the fourth grade, they are reading to learn. The #Read30 summer reading challenge is an extension of The Trust’s Read to Learn initiative, aimed at increasing the number of children who read at or above grade level by the third grade.
Encouraging Families to Read Together 30 Minutes Each Day
“Reading achievement can typically decline an average of three months in summer and the best way to prevent kids from losing that kind of ground is to keep them reading, which is what #Read30 intends to do,” says James R. Haj, president and CEO of The Children’s Trust. “The campaign adds an element of fun to spark some excitement around reading so kids learn to love it and before you know it, they’ve become star readers.”
As a child’s first and best teacher, parents and caregivers can help them succeed in school and in life by reading with them every day, and by following these simple guidelines, in addition to reading together every day for at least 30 minutes:
– Create a home library of children’s books. The girls love their reading nook bookcase – you can buy one on sale using my affiliate link on Amazon.
– For very young children, select books with faces, animals and objects to point to and talk about.
– Read in a fun voice, using different intonations for different characters.
– Talk to the child and answer questions. Ask questions of your own and listen to the child’s responses.
– Talk about the words on the page, letter sounds and how we read from left to right and from top to bottom.
For more information on The Children’s Trust and the Read to Learn initiative, please visit https://www.thechildrenstrust.org/read30.
Which book is your child’s favorite to read?
Don’t forget to snap and post photos reading with your children using the hashtag #Read30!
About The Children’s Trust
The Children’s Trust is a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County by making strategic investments in their future.
The Children’s Trust is challenging South Florida families to join the #Read30 movement to close the summer reading gap, and I’d love for you to be a part of it!