Reading takes us places -- from adventures on planets orbiting stars in another solar system, to deep-sea diving in the last unexplored frontier on Earth, to our own neighborhoods! It cultivates imagination and develops critical thinking skills and can help us become incredible writers!
Starting out early with lots of fun literacy-learning techniques is a great way to jump-start a lifelong love of reading. In her article about raising great writers, Mary Leonhardt indicates that developing a love of reading is key to developing writing skills. As academic standards shift, writing skills have become more important -- children today will write more in school than many of us ever did. Leonhardt offers tips on how to make that experience more enjoyable and less challenging. And maybe even help develop the next great American writer. Read her full article here: http://www.pbs.org/parents/experts/archive/2013/01/a-recipe-for-raising-great-wri.html