All across America kids come home from school with ONE homework assignment in common – to read 20 minutes a day. Every day. Why?
Did you know…
Reading with and to your child is the single most important thing you can do for their mental, social and economic development. (see the research)
Which is why we have created the knowonder! Literacy Program.
knowonder! stories are Read-Aloud stories.
In fact, the whole Knowonder! Literacy Program is built up around this core difference.
Read-aloud stories and picture books are very different from each other. They are both needed, but they provide very different benefits. (learn more)
Over the years, our society has turned almost completely to picture books for kids. Why? Because they are so fun and entertaining! It’s easy for kids to look at pictures. On the other hand, it takes work for a parent or older child to read to younger kids.
Consider these key benefits of read-aloud stories:
- Listening skillls are built
- concentration improves as children learn to sit still and focus
- comprehension and understanding of events (cause and effect relationships) is enhanced
- imagination is actively exercised as children imagine the scenes, characters and worlds the words create
- vocabulary is increased as children discover new words
- a child’s ability to guess meanings of new words grows
- children become more confident because they know they are cared for and loved and becuase they can express their thoughts and needs
- children are better-enabled to make friends and good relationships because their communication skills are increased
- learning in all subjects becomes much easier because the brain is literally being wired to learn and take in new information
- and family bonds are strengthened and reinforced, creating an atmosphere of love, trust and communication in the home which will last a lifetime
While it can be said that many of these benefits come from picture books, most of them are developed much better, faster, and deeper with read-aloud stories. When you consider the sum-total of all these benefits, it’s easy to see why reading to your child every day from birth is the single-most important thing a parent can do to ensure a child’s success in life. And that’s not all – you should see the research!
Designed by Experts
The knowonder! story collections have been designed by literacy experts and educators specifically to enable, enhance and promote daily family reading from a young age. The books make it easy and fun for parents to read to kids every day!
Each story is written by professional children’s writers from around the world giving you and your child insight into many different ideas, people, cultures and more, thoughts, experiences and more.
Also, the books are designed as a great step-up to chapter books for beginning readers. The reading material is on an average grade 3 reading level and is designed in a way to make reading chapter books not seem so daunting a task – so don’t be surprised if your older kids (8-12) pick up the books and read.
Try it Out for Free
If you’d like to see why educators, parents and kids all love knowonder!, just register with us today and we’ll send you a digital (PDF) copy of the first volume, The Lonely Dragon, for free!
Try reading a story each day to your children and we guarantee you they’ll be asking for more when you’re done. And starting at just $2.99 per volume per month, knowonder! is the most affordable Literacy Program for parents and kids around!