As February ends, I have pondered upon what the true meaning of Black History month is. It is a time to celebrate many great things that Blacks have accomplished, but more importantly; it is a time to reflect on the future.
It is not good to rely only on past successes. I believe in keeping things in proper perspective by finding a way to make the future even better. How does one accomplish that goal? I have a vision. My vision is to ask parents to take the time to be involved in the educational life of their children. We must find a way to make a difference in the life of our youths. It starts with getting a well-rounded education.
The single best strategy for helping your children succeed is to encourage them to read. Reading is a skill that’s essential in all areas of achievement.
I believe reading well is a critical component in the development of young minds. Reading frequently will help a child foster his or her creative thinking, enhance word recognition, improve cognitive skills, and help achieve a greater understanding of people and the world around him/her.
Here are a few simple tips to help your child become a great reader.
- Encourage children to read on their own. Spending at least 30 minutes a day reading for fun will help a child be a better reader at school.
- Visit the library often. Take your child to the library at least once a week.
- Encourage books for gifts. Instead of spending a fortune on expensive gifts, buy instead books. Ask family members and friends to give gift cards to bookstores. Set aside a special date where you and your child can go to the bookstore to buy books.
- Get help for your child if they have a reading problem. There are many after-school programs through your local library. You can also ask the librarian for names of community organizations that offer free literacy tutoring.