How to help your kids get ahead at school19 Sep 2019
Preparing to send your child to primary school can be a daunting process and nowadays, the planning often starts years before their first day to ensure kids make the waiting list of the school that you’ve chosen.
But what if it were possible for you to have a direct effect on education outcomes, even before school begins?
Research shows that parents can have influence over their child’s success in school by adding a simple 15-minute activity to the daily schedule – reading to your child. Whether it’s while having an afternoon snack or before bedtime, it has been proven that the frequency of reading to children at a young age has a direct causal effect on their future regardless of their family background and home environment.
Reading storybooks to children is one of the most important activities for developing the knowledge required for eventual success in reading. In fact, reading to children aged 4-5 every day has the same effect as being almost 12 months older and has been found to be related to language growth, emergent literacy and reading achievement. In addition, reading to children also stimulates them to read books themselves and further develop their cognitive skills.
So, what do you need to get you started?
Selecting the right books for your child
There are many resources online to ensure that the books that you read to your child play an educational role but also are engaging. On sites such as Booktopia, there is a section of book recommendations for children aged 3 – 6 with highly rated books such as The Wonky Donkey, The Adventures of Captain Underpants and Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls just a few clicks away, making online purchase easy.
Borrowing books from a local library can be a fun, environmentally-conscious and cost-effective alternative.
Making sure you and your child can see the words clearly
When was the last time you visited the optometrist and has your child had their first eye health check?
Research from Specsavers reveals as many as 1 in 3 Australian children have never had an eye test (29%)2despite the recommended age for a first eye test being three years old, and that some of the eye conditions have no visible symptoms.
Specsavers Warwick Optometrist Roshni Dodhia says, “I’ve seen many children in everyday eye tests that have been found to have long term eye conditions, including squinting and lazy eyes. These conditions can be treatable if caught early – ideally before a child turns eight.”
In addition, research also shows that as many as 2 in 3 Australians over the age of 40 are currently experiencing a problem with their eyes but failing to get their eyes checked by an optometrist.
With uncorrected vision problems being the number one cause of vision loss in Australia, this could be the perfect opportunity for you and your little one to take a visit down to your local optometrist where complete eye tests are bulk billed and use the latest optometry technology to check the health of the eye. Booking is easy and can be done online: https://www.specsavers.com.au/stores