The school year, for most Utah children, may be nearly over, but learning should continue.
In KSL’s view, one of the best ways for parents to assure a child’s ongoing intellectual development is through reading. More specifically, we endorse Governor Olene Walker’s concept of having adults read to children for at least 20 minutes a day.
Summer is a perfect time to do it.
Children are home, often restless and looking for something to do. What could be more meaningful than sitting down for few minutes – an adult and a child – with a good book, or perhaps a magazine or a newspaper! Let each child, especially those who are very young, hear the words as they’re read aloud. It will help them develop larger vocabularies. They’ll likely become better listeners. And their attention spans will probably increase.
Consider the long-term benefits of a child becoming proficient at reading at an early age and discovering knowledge along with satisfaction in the magic of the written word. And think of the head start such a child would have when the new school year begins.
KSL urges each Utahn to give ongoing heed to Governor Walker’s reading initiative. Don’t let summer be a time of educational stagnation. With just 20 minutes a day of reading, it won’t.