As They Grow: The Importance of Reading on Child Development

Pediatric Interactions and WeeBits are LLC Premiere Partners.  As They Grow: Conversations and Resources on Child Development,  is part of their monthly partnership with Little Lake County. All thoughts and opinions belong to Pediatric Interactions and WeeBits.  Images are as credited.
importance of reading in child development
Imagine laying by the pool reading a novel on the best seller list or better yet a harlequin romance that requires no brain power.  Now “SPLASH“…… that’s the sound of your child jumping into the pool and drenching you and your book.

Your reading list of those kinds of books may have been replaced by books you and your children enjoy.  Reading with your children is a great way to spend time together and lay a strong foundation for their educational success.  If you read just one book a night, you will have read about 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years.  Find a local program/library that reinforces “1000 books before kindergarten”.

©T. Reubel | Little Lake County.com | 2015
©T. Reubel | Little Lake County.com | 2015

Reading on an iPad, other tablet or computer is not the same as holding a book.  On average, a 3-4-year-old spends three hours a day in front of a screen.  This rises to four hours for ages 5-7, 4.5 hours by ages 8-11, and 6.5 hours for teenagers.  Studies have found excessive Screen time leads to: obesity; irregular sleep; behavioral/attention problems, impaired academic performance, violence and less time for play.  In 2013 the US Department of Health recommended that children under two years of age should not be in front of a screen at all, and over that age the maximum leisure screen time should be no more than two hours a day.

There’s opportunities everyday, everywhere to encourage reading.  Go to the library and find books that you remember from your childhood.  Read materials that you have in your house (cereal boxes, mail).  Point out words in the environment, at stores, when driving, etc.  Find a list of repetitive and rhyming books, recommended summer reading list and other phonological awareness resources at: www.pediatricinteractions.com (click on services, then resources).

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© M. Haak | Little Lake County.com | 2015

Pediatric Interactions will be hosting a class “Story time and more” this summer.  This class and others (Move and Shake, Lil Language Scholars:  Spanish lessons for preschool/kindergarteners, Messy Masterpieces, Lego® Creations, Build and Play) are lead by therapists to build skills and support individual needs while having fun with motivating and interesting activities.  These activities are not exclusive to families at Pediatric Interactions, so invite a friend! Registration and more information can be found at: www.pediatricinteractions.com.


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Pediatric Interactions and WeeBits invite families to these upcoming events. Fees may apply but financial assistance may be available through WeeBits. Follow links for complete information:

Story Time and More

Mondays 9-10 (2-3 year olds, parents welcome to stay) $12/session drop in or $40 for 4 –week session Mondays 10:15-11:15 (4-5 year olds) $12/session drop in or $40 for 4 –week session Hosted at:  15 Commerce Dr., Suite 116 Grayslake, www.pediatricinteractions.com. Session 1:  weeks of June 22-July 17 (4 weeks)

A different book will be explored each week through reading, singing and art projects.  The focus on literacy will include rhyming, letter recognition, sight words, vocabulary and story comprehension.  These sessions are lead by therapists to build skills and support individual needs while having fun with motivating and interesting activities.

Move and Shake

Mondays 1-2 (4-5 year olds) $12/session drop in or $40 for 4 –week session, Mondays 2:15-3:15 (2-3 year olds, parents welcome to stay)  $12/session drop in or $40 for 4 –week session.  Hosted at:  15 Commerce Dr., Suite 116 Grayslake, www.pediatricinteractions.com. Session 1:  weeks of June 22-July 17 (4 weeks)

Get up, sing, dance and explore things that make noises.  They will enjoy activities to encourage imitation, rhythm and socializing with other children.  These sessions are lead by therapists to build skills and support individual needs while having fun with motivating and interesting activities.  These activities are not exclusive to families at Pediatric Interactions, so invite a friend!

Lil Language Scholars:  Spanish lessons for preschool/kindergarteners

Tuesdays 930-10:15 $13/session drop in or $44 for 4 –week session Hosted at:  15 Commerce Dr., Suite 116 Grayslake, www.pediatricinteractions.com. Session 1:  weeks of June 22-July 17 (4 weeks) Children will be exposed to Spanish through lessons, games, songs and other activities.  Home-carryover activities are available.

Messy Masterpieces

Wednesdays  9-10 (2-3 year olds, parents welcome to stay) $12/session drop in or $40 for 4 –week session Wednesdays 10:15-11:15 (4-5 year olds) $12/session drop in or $40 for 4 –week session Hosted at:  15 Commerce Dr., Suite 116 Grayslake, www.pediatricinteractions.com. Session 1:  weeks of June 22-July 17 (4 weeks) Let your child get messy and see what they create while they explore different forms of art.  These sessions are lead by therapists to build skills and support individual needs while having fun with motivating and interesting activities.

Lego® Creations

Wednesdays 1-2 (4-5 year olds) $15/session drop in or $50 for 4 –week session. Hosted at:  15 Commerce Dr., Suite 116 Grayslake, www.pediatricinteractions.com. Session 1:  weeks of June 22-July 17 (4 weeks) Children will collectively build Lego® sets to encourage problem solving, conversations/negotiating, and turn taking.  These sessions are lead by therapists to build skills and support individual needs while having fun with motivating and interesting activities.

Build and Play

Wednesday 2:15-3:15 (2-3 year olds, parents welcome to stay) $12/session drop in or $40 for 4 –week session Hosted at:  15 Commerce Dr., Suite 116 Grayslake, www.pediatricinteractions.com. Session 1:  weeks of June 22-July 17 (4 weeks). Children will “build” with everyday household items (e.g., tp rolls, kleenex boxes) and creatively incorporate them into play schemes. These sessions are lead by therapists to build skills and support individual needs while having fun with motivating and interesting activities.


 

Pediatric Interactions is a Speech and Language Clinic located in Grayslake that supports independence and self-esteem using creative therapy approaches. Pediatric Interventions provides FREE developmental screenings, individual and group therapy, classes, workshops and other resources to help children better communicate.

WeeBits is a non-profit organization bringing awareness and guidance to those families with infants/toddlers who fall outside the boundaries of existing child developmental programs. 

 

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When Loralie isn’t out exploring with her two pint-sized adventurers you’ll often find her in front of her computer plotting to take over the world (or at least Lake County.) She appreciates good friends, good food, expensive shoes and parents who make two lanes in the drop-off/pick-up line at school. Her spirit animal is The Hobbit. She invites you to join her on her quest for unique distractions, diversions and deliciousness in this county we call home. She is the Features Editor and Marketing Director at Little Lake County.

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