This month TLC celebrated Dr. Suess’ birthday with literacy based activities.


February, 2015. This month TLC celebrated Dr. Suess’ birthday with literacy based activities. Reading to and with our children is so beneficial for their growth and development.  Below is a list found at about the benefits of reading:

1.    Kids who read often get better at it.  This is pretty much common sense, after all, practice makes perfect.

2.    Reading exercises our brains. Reading is a much more complex task for the brain than say, watching TV is.  Reading strengthens brain connections and actually builds new connections.

3.    Reading improves concentration. Children have to focus on a story, and if they read or our read to regularly, they develop the ability to do this for longer periods.

4.    Reading teaches children about the world around them. Through reading, children learn about people, places, and events outside their own experience.  They are also exposed to ways of life, ideas and beliefs about the world which may be different from those which surround them.

5.    Reading improves a child’s vocabulary and leads to more highly-developed language skills.  This is because children learn new word as they read, but also because they unconsciously absorb information as they read about things like how to structure sentences and how to use words an language effectively.

6.    Reading develops a child’s imagination. This is because when we read or our read to, our brains translate the descriptions we read of people, places, and things into pictures.

7.    Reading helps kids develop empathy. When we are engaged in a story, we’re also imagining how the characters are feeling. We use our own experience to imagine how we would feel in the same situation.

8.    Children who read do better at school.

9.    Reading is a great form of entertainment.

10.   Reading relaxes the body and calms the mind.  When we read in silence the black and white print on a page is much less stressful for our eyes and brains.

Some of our patients’ favorites are: The Magic Tree House series, the Who Was? series, Fish Had A Wish, Brown Bear, and Good Night Moon.  Happy reading!


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