Why School Attendance Matters

Every day matters. And every day kids are in school is a day he or she can learn something new and grow as a reader. Studies show that students are more likely to succeed when they have good school attendance. The opposite, unfortunately, is also true. Students who don’t show up to school are less likely to be reading on …

Stay Healthy This Flu Season

Did you know sickness is one of the biggest reasons kids miss school? You can’t avoid every bug, but you can reduce the chances of getting sick this cold and flu season by following these tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:   Get the flu shot: It’s not too late to get the flu shot. Make sure …

Tips for Parents: Grocery Store Literacy

Reading can (and should!) happen anywhere and everywhere. In fact, reading in situations that don’t necessarily involve books, like trips to the grocery store or walks in the park, can be a particularly great place to reinforce the importance and the fun of reading, and give children a chance to use their reading and critical thinking skills in real-life situations. …

5 Steps for Brain-Building Serve and Return

How can everyday activities help you build a strong relationship with your child and help grow them into a great reader? The Center of the Developing Child at Harvard University suggests five simple steps for how to practice “serve and return,” which are the back-and-forth interactions that children and caregivers have all the time. These types of interactions play a …

Talk, Read, and Sing Together Every Day!

Talking with your children is so important to help grow them into strong readers and learners – even when they are just babies. The “Talking Is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing” public awareness campaign has put together some great tips for how to work these activities into your everyday routine. Here are some highlights:   For babies: Listen to the sounds …

Reading Milestones

Do you know what reading milestones your child should be reaching at each age to stay on track? GreatSchools.org put together a series of videos demonstrating skills that students should have or be working on at various grades, starting in kindergarten. These videos show examples of important reading skills, such as fluency, vocabulary and reading comprehension. Check them out here …

Metro Water Little Library

Businesses and organizations across Nashville are “jumping in” to help increase access to books and make sure every Nashville family knows about the importance of reading 20 minutes each day for a bright future. One of our Jump In partners is Metro Water Services, which now has a “Little Library” in its customer service center! While visiting, kids and families …

What’s Going On In Your Child’s Brain When You Read Them a Story?

What is happening inside your child’s brain while they are listening to a story? As it turns out, quite a lot. Researchers have studied the parts of a child’s brain that have to do with language, seeing images and imagining images on your own while they were exposed to different types of stories – a story read aloud with no …

Why Your Child Needs Nursery Rhymes

Nursery rhymes are more than just fun songs or poems to sing or say to your young child – they have many benefits to early literacy development to get your child off to a strong start. This article explains the many reasons you should be singing nursery rhymes with your baby, toddler or child.