McGuinty government encourages parents to take time out to read to kids

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McGuinty government encourages parents to take time out to read to kids

Ministry of Education

TORONTO, Dec. 20 - Education Minister Gerard Kennedy today said that improving children's literacy is a core government commitment and that parents can play an important role in supporting their children's education during the holidays. "During this busy time of the year, reading to your child is a great way to relax and spend time together," said Kennedy. "Some of my favourite holiday moments have been times spent reading to my daughter." According to a 1999 Statistics Canada study, reading to children aged two to three several times a day meant that they did substantially better in kindergarten than youngsters who were read to only a few times a week or less. Children who were exposed to books and reading early were also better at performing mathematical tasks. A 2003 British study also found that when parents were interested and involved in a child's school life, it significantly helped that child's development and achievement in school into adolescence. "Parents are the single most important influence on their children," said Kennedy. "Whether it's reading a story, helping with homework or simply spending time listening to our kids, parent involvement is a critical factor in a child's success in life." Disponible en fran├žais For more information visit www.edu.gov.on.caFor further information: Media Contacts: Jill Fairbrother, Minister's Office, (416) 325-2683, (416) 788-0539 (cell); Dave Ross, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2709; Public Inquiries: (416) 325-2929, or 1-800-387-5514, TTY: 1-800-263-2892