Every parent knows that a child’s education is important. Don’t neglect the value of a good education for your child. But do you know the part the library plays in your child’s education? Learning occurs in many different ways, one of which is by visiting the library.
Most schools have a library within the school that a child can visit. This school library has books that a child can check out and take home to read and also read in their classroom during quiet time. Schools with libraries also have story times or visits to the library where books or other media are presented to the children. Often there are themes to each story time or presentation – for example, during the Olympics children could learn about the country that is hosting the Olympics or read stories about the Olympics.
Research has shown that school libraries offer a positive impact on students’ achievement. More than 60 studies in 19 U.S.A. states and a Canadian province have been done on the topic. The studies have found that students who have had access to a well-supported school library media program with qualified school library specialists have scored higher on reading assessments, with no regard to their socio-economic status. One study done in Ohio showed that 99.4% of students surveyed believed that their school librarians and school library programs helped them to be successful in school.
Many who focus on the value of a child’s education think first of early childhood education, those years before the age of 8. It is because these years matter a great deal, even though some might not think these are the years when children are lifting Algebra books or learning more difficult school lessons. What they learn during early childhood education will stick with them for the rest of their lives.
A study done in Ypsilanti, Michigan with 3 and 4 year olds from low-income families who were assigned by random to a group that did not receive a preschool education showed that by the age of 18, they were five times more likely to be chronic lawbreakers than the children who did receive a preschool education.
The very same study also showed that low-income individuals enrolled in preschool went on to earn $5500 more a year by the age of 40 than those who did not attend. It also found these preschool students were more likely to have graduated from high school, to own their own homes and to have longer marriages. § Read the rest of this entry…