Read for academic success

 

FCAT scores are plummeting; school grades are lower — why? The love for learning begins at birth, not the first day of kindergarten. Research shows that children attending a center-based school have better early literacy skills than children that didn’t attend a preschool program.

With the Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten program, all 4-year-olds are eligible to attend a preschool of the parents’ choice for free.

Besides enhancing academic skills, children develop much-needed social finesse to interact with others. It’s also good to build up their immune system at this age so they don’t miss school because of illness in kindergarten.

A warm and loving school environment, combined with a family willing to devote time to read and discover the magical world in books, is the best way to foster future FCAT skills.

If children never see parents open a book, magazine or newspaper they won’t be motivated to try it. So put down the iDevice and share the knowledge of a book. Your child’s future teachers will thank you for it.

Noreen Rosenthal, Sunrise

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