أبي إقرا لي

The celebrated Tamer Institute for Community Education recently held several events (Nov. 26-28) to encourage fathers to read to their children.

I see far too little about fathers reading with their children in Arabic, English, or any other language. The organization “Reading Rockets” has some advice, in English and Spanish, for fathers who want to help in their children’s pre-K literacy development.

Why should fathers read with their children? The “FRED” project (Fathers Reading Every Day) points out some research and reasons, but — in the main — I think we can guess: Children need role models if they’re to become lifelong readers, and this means the influence and encouragement of both parents (and grandparents, and other members of the extended family and community, insha’allah.)

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2 Responses to أبي إقرا لي

  1. We love the initiative of “father read for me”! we are planning of doing something similar in Kan Yama Kan Bookshop soon, since we have observed that most of our customers who attend the weekly readings are mothers with their children, we want to encourage fathers to attend and participate. Its so true; children need role models regarding reading from both parents.

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