America Reads Highlights the Importance of Reading Aloud to Kids
By Heather Hubbs, Reporter
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa-- Any teacher will tell you, reading is the foundation of learning. Thursday and Friday hundreds of community volunteers will read to students in the Cedar Rapids area. America Reads is a local effort to highlight the importance of reading, to children, not just at school.
Cedar Rapids School District's Executive Director of Preschool through 8th grade, Val Dolezal says parents should read to their children daily starting at birth. That exposure to books is what makes a big difference in their reading level. Some children now come to preschool or Kindergarten already knowing how to read, others struggle. She suggests reading to your children until they are ready to read to you. Even once they reach middle school, read the same books they are so you can have conversations about the book with your kids to help engage them.
"Kids have more exposure with language, books, the interest level grows. So parents, grandparents, neighbors get kids with books so they're experiencing books and what's in them," said Dolezal.
At Grant, students are able to check books out at the school library to take home and read. They also have a program called "Baggie Books".
Just like the name suggests, students get to take home a baggie filled with books every night.
Then twice a week the books are swapped out with new ones to ensure children always have access to books.
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