In a world dominated by gadgets and constantly evolving technology, it’s still good to know that centuries-old and traditional ways of imparting knowledge to your child are still effective. In an article written by Jon Schnur for TIME, he lists several ways that parents can unlock their child’s academic potential, without breaking the bank and through simple ways. We round up some of his most striking suggestions on making sure your child optimizes his development in preparation for school.
1. Read to your child every day and expose him to books.
Before the iPad, video games, and TV were in existence, books were the most (if not only) reliable source of news and information for everyone. Similarly, the spoken word from books not only helps one practice reading and comprehension; it also helps foster a bond between the reader and the one being read to.
This is why Schnur recommends reading to your child for at least 20 minutes daily. Try setting aside a portion of each day and designate it as “reading hour”. You’ll discover just how relaxing and therapeutic the gift of reading can be.
Here are just a few of the benefits of reading to your toddler:
•Promotes longer attention span. Reading involves more brain processing.