63% of parents don’t read to their children everyday: here’s 12 days of holiday reading tips

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We all have those days or even cluster of days (especially on busy weekends!) where we realize, ‘oops!’ we haven’t sat down enough to quietly read with our children. It’s easy to forget if it’s not part of the routine in your family, such as books before nap or bedtime and in fact, 63% of young parents (35-44 years of age) do not make reading a priority at home by reading to their child(ren) every day.

A national survey recently conducted by Léger Marketing* for Oxford Learning—Canada’s leader in supplementary education with more than 25 years of experience—reveals that almost half of surveyed parents are worried their children are not spending enough time developing reading skills (43%). “The results are clear: children who are not reading to grade level by grade three are already behind academically,” says Dr. Whitehead, Co-founder and President of Oxford Learning. “Lack of proper reading skill development at an early age is a big problem. Without strong reading skills early on, children run the risk of being behind academically and never catching up. If we are not focused on teaching reading skills to preschoolers, we are focused on the wrong things.”

The educational experts at Oxford Learning have developed the following 12 Days of Holiday Reading Tipsto help engage little readers!

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Wrap-up the holiday season with the gift of books! Have your children participate in the activity of choosing and purchasing books for friends and family.  Talk about the various books you selected as you wrap them for your loved ones.

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As a family, go to the library during the holiday season and select festive favourites!  Give your children their own library card. Having a library card gives children a sense of ownership and a sense of investment in their reading choices. It’s something they own—a marker of participation.

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Christmas is the largest card-sending occasion!  Write greeting cards together as a family and enjoy sending wishes of health and happiness to friends and loved ones.

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Ask your children, “What are you going to read during the holidays?” Once they’ve made their own choice, reading becomes something they do for themselves.

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Read your seasonal favourite books – whether it’s ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, The Polar Express or Love You Forever, the holidays are a great time to cuddle up with a holiday classic!

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Set an example for your children.  Grab a book or a newspaper and join them when they read.

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Whether at the dinner table, in the car driving to a holiday party, or when lounging around the fireplace, get your kids talking about what they’re reading to inspire active thinking and engagement.

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Reading out loud is an important skill as well as an opportunity to bring siblings together.  Make it a family affair and suggest older siblings spend some time with their younger brothers and/or sisters by reading a story together.

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Baking is a fun time to encourage reading!  Ask your children to read the ingredients and help measure the quantities to bake your favourite batch of holiday cookies!

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Balance screen time with reading time. Variety and balance is key.

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While driving long distance to visit family and friends, listen to an audio book the whole family can enjoy during the long drive.

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With flexible schedules and customized programming, children develop their reading skills in a fun and vibrant small class size.Research proves that children who enter the first grade with strong reading comprehension skills already in place are statistically shown to have an academic advantage over their peers.   The studies also show that children whose parents read to them at home become better readers and perform better in school.

Life is busy and kids are active. While 73% of Canadians agree it is important for their children to spend time reading, less than half (43%) said they actually make reading a daily priority. To ensure strong reading comprehension skills, it is recommended that children spend half an hour a day in focused reading.

The Oxford Learning Little Readers program is the only learning and reading program that offers cognitive skills development (the basis for all learning) along with an enriched academic curriculum.  Children aged three to six enjoy a balance of play, exploration and discovery in a fun, vibrant program to develop reading skills.

Little Readers develops young students’ natural curiosity and hunger for learning, which will help them thrive and be better prepared to enter the first grade.  Small class size and customized programming means that children to progress at their own pace, get the attention they need, and that they are never left behind by government-regulated curriculum.

“Our research repeatedly shows us that children who have attended Oxford Learning’s Little Readers program are reading at least two grade levels ahead of their current school year,” says Dr. Whitehead.  “This puts them at the top of their class and helps keep them enthused about school throughout their academic career.”

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  1. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    These are great tips. My favorite is to have books in the home–out on bookshelves rather than put away in closets–and to model reading. Be caught reading! Not just to accompany the child’s reading time, but often. Also mention things you read–”I just read an interesting article about …sharks/dinosaurs/monkeys…whatever”

  2. I’m surprised at the high percentage of parents that don’t read to their kids everyday! You’ve provided some great tips to help make reading a priority.

  3. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard says:

    In my job i work with families and I am ALWAYS pushing parents to read read read to their children

  4. Wow! So many children missing out on the gift of reading! As an Usborne Books at Home consultant I too am trying to encourage parents to read to their children!

    Gemma
    Usborne Books at Home Consultant
    gemmamousley@hotmail.co.uk

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