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  • Writer's pictureMegan Smones

Why Prioritizing Reading Is a Silent Super Power




Reading is one of the most important skills that children can develop, as it is the foundation for academic success in many subjects. Research has consistently shown that children who read regularly perform better in school and develop stronger critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Here are some of the reasons why it's so important for children to read every night.


First and foremost, reading is essential for developing literacy skills. Children who read regularly develop stronger vocabulary, grammar, and comprehension skills. These skills are crucial for academic success, as they enable students to understand and engage with texts across different subjects.


Reading also helps children develop cognitive and critical thinking skills. When children read, they are forced to use their imaginations to create mental pictures of the characters, settings, and events in the story. This imaginative process strengthens their analytical skills and helps them develop a deeper understanding of the world around them.


Moreover, reading can foster empathy and emotional intelligence in children. As they read about characters in different situations, children can learn to understand and relate to people from different backgrounds and perspectives. This can help them develop a greater sense of empathy and compassion, as well as better communication and social skills.


Reading every night can also be a wonderful bonding experience between children and their parents or caregivers. Sitting down to read together can create a sense of closeness and intimacy that is difficult to replicate through other activities. Additionally, when parents read to their children, they can model good reading habits and instill a love of books and learning that can last a lifetime.


So how much should a child be reading every night? Here are Megan’s recommendations:


Kinder 10 minutes

1st Grade 15 minutes

2nd Grade 20 minutes

3rd to 5th Grade 30 minutes

6th Grade and Above 45-60 minutes


Children need to read independently, at least 5 days a week.


Reading is a critical skill that is essential for academic success and personal growth. Parents and caregivers can support their children's reading development by encouraging them to read every night. Whether it's reading independently or reading together as a family, regular reading can help children develop their literacy skills, cognitive abilities, and emotional intelligence. By making reading a daily habit, we can help our children become strong readers and lifelong learners.


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