Parent Impact

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Did you know that you are your children’s first and most important teacher? It’s true.

While this is a rather serious responsibility, it can also be great fun! You may be surprised by the magic you can generate reading to and with your children just 20 minutes a day.

What’s more, the 20 minutes need not be covered in one sitting. Any combination of chunks of time will work, as long as the total number of minutes equals 20.

Why is reading with your children 20 minutes a day so important? You will:

  • Strengthen your precious bond with your children.
  • Prepare your children for success in school and a lifetime of learning.
  • Take a key step in raising your children to be happy, thriving adults who improve the quality of life in our community.
  • Don’t forget to model good reading practices for your children. When they see you reading for pleasure, they will develop a love of reading as well!

Also, don’t stop reading aloud to and with your children once they become independent readers. This should become a daily habit that continues for many years to come! In many families, reading together is part of the bedtime routine, just like brushing their teeth. Children actually look forward to bedtime, and sharing a good story is a great way to help everyone relax and wind down at the end of the day.

How lucky your children are to have you as their first and most important teacher. By visiting our website, you have demonstrated that you care deeply about their future.

Happy reading!

Your Friends at Project READS

Dr. Maxine Huffman

As a teacher myself, I know the optimal learning environment for children is created when teachers and parents are working together. Therefore, we have an obligation
to educate the parents.

—Dr. Maxine Huffman
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