Reading and writing with your child can help develop executive and study function skills, according to the new study from the University of Washington.

Children with good grades often become good employers because they put forward their best work. If you read and write with your child as home, they automatically become more engaged in future.

According to Nicole Alston-Abel, a psychologist who conducted the study, they developed a questionnaire asking how parents help their children read and write and then researchers compared the answers to the academic performance of children.

Benefits of reading with kids

The Core Of The Study

To collect different experiences, the study evaluated responses of students from first to fifth grade and from third to seventh grade. 241 families participated in the study, answering a questionnaire about activities they engaged in at home, etc. 85% of students were Asian American, and three-fourths of parents had a bachelor’s degree. The study shows that it’s important for parents to help their children develop the habits for academic success. The socioeconomic status doesn’t matter.

Moreover, the study also found that:

  • Without an assignment, most kids preferred reading over writing;
  • Students spent more time reading than writing;
  • Parents participated in writing more than in reading;
  • Parents’ help for writing declined when writing assignments increased;
  • Most fifth and seventh-grade students use computers to do their writing assignments;
  • Student’s self-regulation skills were associated with their academic performance.

Even though the researchers say there is no direct link between student achievements and their responses to the questionnaire, some patterns were found. For example, they found that students whose parents said they have lack of focus scored lower on most tests than students who knew how to prioritize.

Mom reading with daughter

The Results

The authors said both students and parents should work together to achieve academic success, especially at a time when kindergarteners demonstrate reading and writing skills.

The authors say that some kids at kindergarten don’t even know the letters while others can read basic words. If parents don’t help their children, there will always be a gap between kids. Teachers can ask parents what they do to support their child’s learning. They should ask what children read at home and how many times a week.

The study gives tips for parents on how to help children develop study skills. They advise to encourage children to write thank-you notes, journals and stories to family members. They also recommend teaching kids that reading and writing is fun.

Teachers, parents and students all have to participate to achieve academic success and home-school partnerships are the vital part of learning.