How to Nourish Your Child’s Mind in Just 15 Minutes A Day

How to nourish your child's mind in just 15 minutes a day

Everyday, I make it a point to read to my children. They have always been excited to be read aloud to, and often bring me books asking me to read to them throughout the day. Many times I even see them in their room sitting, patiently turning through a book that they don’t even know how to read yet.

Reading is such an important part of a child’s growth. Did you know that only 33% of high school students are reading at “proficient” level, meaning that they just scrape by reading at grade level? In addition, those who struggle with reading proficiently for their grade level are much more likely to drop out of school and not attend college.

Words make up a lot of our lives anymore: we read signs, instructions, magazines. But in all reality, our children don’t read well. They can’t comprehend what they are reading, or they read slow, and that makes reading unenjoyable.

When you read to your child you are nourishing their developing brains! Reading increases vocabulary, comprehension, creativity, concentration, among a multitude of other benefits. Lack of reading skills is become a horrible problem. The Educational Testing Service says:

“Forecasters have predicted that if static literacy levels continue, then by 2030 the entire Literacy Level distribution of the U.S. population will have decreased, creating an American workforce that is unequipped and unskilled to work in the demanding global market.”

In just 16 years, it is expected that we won’t read well enough to compete in the global market. There is such an easy solution to this: read to your children. I understand that sometimes things get busy. That sometimes you have to juggle work, school activities, and Zumba classes. But it is so important to read to your child as frequently as you can.

And the best part is, it doesn’t really matter what you read them. They still get the benefits. Sometimes, I read my three and one year old my textbooks. I get my homework done, and they get the benefit of being read to. You can read the sports section, if that’s your thing, or the financial articles. Anything. Just read to them.

And if you prefer kids books, Amazon is a great place to shop for books. You can buy them digitally or hard copy for a good price on there. My favorite resource for a constant stream of new kids books is We Give Books. You sign up for a free account, and then have access to hundreds of beautiful digital books.

So what will reading books do to your child (besides give them a healthy background of learning)? Children who are frequently read to at a young age go farther in school than those who aren’t. Students who read through the summer have less learning-loss, and those who read throughout the year can gain 4,000-12,000 new vocabulary words a year.

Nourish your child’s brain. Feed them words.

Happy reading!

What’s your favorite childhood book? Answer in the comments below!

Being More Thankful (And A Printable!)

Hi all!

This wasn’t originally a planned post, but I was so excited that I couldn’t wait!

My husband and I have been talking a lot about how we aren’t always thankful for what we have. We both wished that we were better able to show our faith through our daily living. We sat for the longest time yesterday, both of us trying to come up with three things (other than family, job, and house) that we were thankful for. Eventually we did, but it made us both realize that we have lost sight of all the blessings we have around us.

So I made a little worksheet for us to fill out each morning! It’s my first printable, and it is FREE for my readers!

However, I ask that if you share it you link it back to this page or my Etsy shop (which just opened!).

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You can put three things you are thankful for each morning, so that you start your day off realizing what a blessing your life is. In addition, there is a place to put how you will serve God that day. My most recent way was to have patience with my children, and my husband’s was to be an example to his coworkers by not laughing at crude/wrong jokes. Just simple things, but it is the little things that character is built from.

To use, right-click the picture and select “Save Picture”, then go to the saved file to print.

Right now, I have several printed out and in my planner binder, and we just take one out each morning. But for the sake of conserving ink and paper, I will probably put it into a page protector so we can use dry erase markers and reuse the page.

Soon, I will use a version of this printable with my three-year-old E in home school. She’s still in preschool, so for her I am going to set it up so she can draw pictures instead of writing. I think it is important to teach children thankfulness from a young age. Look for the child-friendly printable in my shop and in an upcoming post that I’ve been working hard on!

Happy reflecting!

What’s your favorite time of day to reflect? Answer in the comments below!