The shout “bedtime!” at the end of the day is greeted with cheers at the Jaffer household, thanks to a fun ritual that the whole family looks forward to — reading together. “Reading a story to the children is part of our daily bedtime routine,” says Rahim Jaffer, of Vancouver — father to 5-year-old Keyaan and 22-month-old Mikyle — “so much that Keyaan won’t go to sleep unless he’s had a chance to read a story, even a short one.”
Children are like sponges: eager to learn. Research indicates that when soaked with the right kind of learning — such as reading — the benefits can resonate long after the book is closed. Parents can improve their children’s chances of being successful at school, simply by being active and regular readers to them.
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