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Local Elementary Schools Nurture Reading, So Should You

San Rafael students are learning to read with flying colors, but that doesn't mean story time shouldn't happen. Nurture a love of reading and your child will benefit throughout their educational years.

Learning how to read is a skill and task that approaches young students like a light on the horizon. If they have older siblings, now they’ll be able to read too. If they already love to look at books, now they’ll be able to understand the words on the page!

It’s an essential and exciting tool to guide your children through their primary and secondary education and should be a fun one to master. In today’s tech driven world, books have taken somewhat of a back seat to laptops, iPads, iPhones, Nooks, Kindles and other handy gadgets but this is no reason for reading to take a back seat as well. Whether you love the feel of a book in your hand or you’d rather not have the bulk, the words are still there, waiting to be shared with little ears.

How do our young children hold up in the area of reading, compared to to other students around the state of California? The latest STAR testings statistics from the California Department of Education report 83 percent of the young readers in the are scoring in the proficient or advanced catgeory, the state average is 52 percent. The STAR statistics also reports the 53 percent of young readers to be scoring in the proficient or advanced categeory.

Do San Rafael parents need to pull out the old library card and reschedule night time reading as an essential part of child rearing? Well, perhaps yes, simply because while there is always room for reading improvement, the pleasurable experience of reading to a child is never outdated or old fashioned. Purchasing books can be pricey, which is why it’s a great idea to hit up the , a resale shop like or , a wonderful second hand bookstore. If you are a tech-loving parent, your Nook or Kindle can be a great way to bond with your child, introducing not only the love of words but the appropriate ways to use and enjoy technology too.

Want to know exactly what to read to your child? Click here for a State Approved Reading list for Primary Students (K-2) and find other lists for children who already know how to read but could use some good suggestions for new books. 

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