In today’s post, I would like to highlight a wonderful reading program called, “1000 Books Before Kindergarten.” I came across it on Twitter as someone proudly “tweeted” an adorable photo of their cute, dimpled baby next to a couple of books and the hashtag #1000BooksB4K.
As the name of the program suggests, the goal is to get parents and caregivers to read at least 1000 books to their children before their child enters school. It seems like a daunting task but one sees how achievable the goal really is after breaking down the numbers:
1 book every night x 365 days a year= 365 books
365 books a year x 3 years= 1,095 books
Why is this program so important? Read what the 1000 Books Foundation says:
Depending upon where you live, public education is only provided over an age range starting between five (5) and eight (8). However, numerous studies have established that by age three (3), a child’s brain has reached 80 percent of its adult volume. The brain develops most rapidly during the first 1,000 days of a child’s life. A toddler’s brain creates up to two million new connections every second. Early experiences and interactions are a key factor in a child’s brain development. The ability to learn language skills is greatest before the age of six (6). Early literacy skills have a lifelong impact on educational and occupational success. The most important predictor of school success is being read to at home during early childhood
So, what are you waiting for? If you have a tiny human in your life, head to your nearest library. You’ll find everything you need to complete this very important challenge.