Why We Must Read to Our Kids


We have always known that reading to young kids is beneficial to them. Listening to stories helps children to learn new words and develop language skills. It also helps them to learn the importance of books from an early age. Later in life, this will help them to study hard and become successful. Last but not least, reading helps to strengthen the relationship between parent and child.



These days, reading to kids is even more important than ever before. Here’s why. Technological devices are taking over our lives. One study found that in 2016, 25% of Americans had not read a book in the last year, up from 8% in 1978. Many of us are reading less, and that time is being replaced with looking at computer and smartphone screens. What’s worse, when adults do this, children will follow their lead and do the same.


If you want to cultivate good habits, try reading more books. Your future children will thank you someday!

Vocabulary 好字精選

1. beneficial (adj) good for sth/sb  有益處的
Learning a second language is beneficial in many ways. 

2. strengthen (v) to make stronger  加強,強化
The army was called in to strengthen the flood walls along the river.    

3. technological (adj) related to technology 與科技有關的
It’s crazy how many technological advances have been made in the last 100 years. 

4. device (n) a small piece of equipment  設備,裝置
Digital devices are the fastest growing market in the world. 

5. cultivate (v) to develop  培養
This children’s story helps to cultivate respect for others.  

Phrases and Sentence Patterns 句型解析

1. last but not least (phr) the last thing, but not the least important one  最後但也很重要的
Simon loves Japan. First, he loves the food. Second, he thinks the people are polite. Last but not least, his wife is Japanese.

2. A + (be) + take over + B (sentence pattern) A is dominating/taking control of B  接管,主配
Mr. Colbert will be taking over the sales department starting next week. 

3. follow sb’s lead (phr) to follow/copy what somebody (usually a leader/superior) is doing  跟隨(領導),複製
On his first day on the job, the police officer just followed his partner’s lead. 

Exercise 課後練習題

1. This study proves that reading is more ____________ than most people realize.

2. Regular exercise helps to _______________ your body.

3. _______________ advancements have improved our lives in many ways.

4. This ______________ shows your GPS location.

5. It important for all parents to ______________ love and compassion in their children.

6. John was fired for many reasons. The first is that he’s always late. The second is that he is lazy. _______________, he got in an argument with the boss.
7. Apple products are _____________ the smartphone and laptop market.
8. If you don’t know what to do during the yoga class, just look at the instructor and _______________.

6.Last but not least
7.taking over
8.follow his/her lead

Comprehension Questions 閱讀理解

1. Which of the following arguments would the author agree with?  
a. Reading is not as important as it used to be because now we have technological devices.  
b. Reading to kids is just as important as it used to be.     
c. Reading to kids is more important than it used to be.
d. It’s difficult to say exactly how beneficial reading to kids is.

2. What does the article infer about the behavior of children?   
a. They are likely to copy what their parents do.
b. They will demand that their parents read more to them.
c. They can still succeed without reading.
d. They don’t know how to cultivate good habits.

1. 以下選項何者是作者所同意的評論?
a. 閱讀不像以前那樣重要,因為現在我們有科技裝置。
b. 和孩童一起閱讀和以前一樣重要。
c. 和孩童一起閱讀比以前都還重要。
d. 敘述和孩童一起閱讀到底有重要是很困難的。

2. 關於孩童的行為,這篇文章所推論的敘述以下何者正確?
a. 他們可能會複製父母的行為。
b. 他們會要求父母閱讀更多書籍給他們聽。
c. 沒有閱讀書籍,他們也依然會成功。
d. 他們不知道如何培養良好的行為。


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