5 Reasons to Read with Your Child – and 1 Easy Way to Get Started!

Do you remember the joy you felt the first time you read a book without any help? As momentous as that occasion was, it was probably even more fun to share your achievement with a parent, grandparent, sibling, or friend. Reading is a cause for celebration, and what better way for a child to celebrate than by beaming up at a loved one as they turn each page?

As Emilie Buchwald said, “Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” While your child is learning to read, you are an instrumental figure in the process. Your involvement and encouragement will show your child that reading is a lifelong skill and fun for all ages! Although your child is becoming more and more independent, they still need you there to offer guidance and support. Here are 5 reasons why you should read with your child:

  1. Reading is the gateway skill to learning. The better a child can read, the better they can learn other subjects, such as math, science, and history.
  2. Reading books helps children develop social-emotional and self-regulation skills.
  3. More than half the children in this country—13 million—will not hear a bedtime story tonight.
  4. Even in higher-income households, nearly 40% of families do not read aloud every day.
  5. Literacy empowers people to better their lives and the lives of their families and our communities.

When you take an active role and read with your child, you create lifelong memories that lead to an increased interest in literacy. Globally, 91% of people between ages 15 and 24 are literate. If you start early, your child can easily join that ever-growing number of readers. So how do you and your child get started?

With Hooked on Phonics, your child will read, guaranteed. Our award-winning program is based on research, approved by the Children’s Reading Foundation, and designed in conjunction with leading educators, renowned authors, and most importantly, parents. Over 5 million children have learned to read using Hooked on Phonics, and your child could be next! After learning the building blocks of reading, your child will be confident enough to curl up with a good book and start the reading journey.

The highly effective, incredibly fun Hooked on Phonics Digital Edition is perfect for children from Pre-K to 1st Grade, or any young reader who wants to brush up their skills in an exciting, interactive way. Each lesson takes about 20 minutes, and the app has over 200 songs, games, lessons, and eBooks, so your child will never be bored!

Play along with your child as they learn words by popping balloons, launching rocket ships, growing flowers, and singing along to fun music videos. Celebrate progress by visiting the trophy room, where emergent readers can proudly display their accomplishments and progress. Best of all, each lesson is capped off with an eBook specially designed for your child to read to you on their own!

Hooked on Phonics is available for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and Kindle, and syncs across all devices so you can pick up where you left off, no matter where you are. You can register up to three readers per account and track the progress of each individually. Hooked on Phonics is the easiest, most fun way to learn to read. Start your child on the path to reading success today, and they’ll be reading by your side in no time!


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