A recent study conducted by Northern Illinois University found that children between the ages of two and five who are being raised by their grandparents are slightly more likely to have difficulty achieving their recommended reading levels.
"This gap in reading achievement isn't the grandparent's fault," said Cavin Harper, founder of Christian Grandparenting Network. "Grandparents need to be resourced."
Over 4.5 million children live with their grandparents, and 2.4 million of those youngsters are being raised by a grandparent, according to the U.S.
Active living seniors who share their homes with their young grandchildren may decide to focus extra attention on their grandchildren's reading ability, regardless of whether or not there are the primary care provider.
To encourage good reading skills, grandparents can work with children at home. The National Institute of Literacy recommends reading with them, discussing words that are new and unfamiliar, and helping them look up words in a dictionary and thesaurus.