Educational Insights 2.24.2014
Educational Insights 2.24.2014
Posted on 02/24/2014

Despite research on the importance of reading with children from a young age, a recent survey revealed few parents with kids age eight and younger are engaged in nightly reading. However, research reveals that bedtime stories build the foundation for children’s future achievement in schools.

Key findings from the research include:

The amount of time spent reading:

·      87% of parents say they currently read bedtime stories with their children.

·      But only one in three parents (33%) read bedtime stories daily with their children.

·      Children of families with an annual household income below $35,000 are more likely to watch TV (40%) than read books (35%).

Findings on printed book use:

·      Printed books (76%) are the format of choice for most parents of children age eight and younger.

·      Twice as many children prefer a printed book (20 %) over an e-book (9%), say parents who read both types of books to their children.

·      Less than one in five parents (17%) use a combination of printed and e-books.

Existing research on literacy shows the importance of starting early:

·      Children who don’t read well by the end of third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school than proficient readers, according to a report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

·      Two-thirds of U.S. fourth graders – and more than four-fifths of those from low-income families – are not reading proficiently, according to the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress.

Many literacy studies also show a direct correlation between income level and the number of books in the household, creating even more obstacles to developing children’s literacy. If you know of a family needing additional books and reading materials in their home, please notify the school and we will make literacy materials available to them!

-Dr. Paula Sissel

Garden County Schools

Superintendent/Elementary Principal