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Reading books is an important part of the Kumon method -- and it's crucial to a child's development.

child reading book

Reading ...

* ... is an active mental process.
* ... is a fundamental skill builder.
* ... improves vocabulary.
* ... improves concentration and focus.
* ... builds self-esteem.
* ... improves memory and discipline.
* ... fosters new mental associations.
* ... improves reasoning skills.
* ... reduces stress.

Kumon recommends that all children read a mimimum set of books. This list is matched to the skill and comprehension abilities of the child, based on his or her Kumon level. See the recommended reading lists here.

Do your kids like to read? How do you encourage reading in your home?

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@ceofreedhouse October 4, 2010, 7:26 PM

My kids are required to read 20 minutes/day after school. We recently started downloading books on the IPad. When they use the IPad , the 20 mins. becomes much longer!

Jane October 5, 2010, 5:34 AM

My 2 boys (ages 6 & 7 years old) have been reading the Finance for Kidz series by Professor Prakash Dheeriya. They enjoy reading those stories, and we discuss the concepts after they have read them. It is a good way to get them interested in this dry subject.

Allison October 5, 2010, 3:46 PM

I think Bob Books is the best learning-to-read series for preschoolers. My daughter started reading when she was 4 and my son (who is 3) doing great with their pre-reading series (sight words and pre reading skills). I cannot say enough great things about Bob Books! They are published by Scholastic and you can find out more info here:

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