New Brunswick Medical Society and Elementary Literacy Friends have partnered to promote reading throughout physician’s offices in New Brunswick. The RX for Reading program provides free prescription pads to physicians throughout New Brunswick, which encourage parents to read to or with their child for at least 20 minutes every day.
The Public Health Agency of Canada finds Canadians with low literacy skills are more likely to be unemployed and poor, to suffer poorer health and a shorter lifespan than Canadians with high levels of literacy.
A child who reads 20 minutes per day starting in kindergarten will have read for the equivalent of 60 school days by the time they graduate. This is a massive advantage over a child who reads for only five minutes per day, which would total only 12 school days over the length of their education. Studies show that children who read for 20 minutes per day score in the 90th percentile of their class, while those who read for five minutes per day score in the 50th percentile.
When reading with your child, follow these simple guidelines to let the child have an interactive experience.