Such a precious time.
These were a few thoughts I put together about the educational advantages of reading to your kids.
Children learn so much through imitation and for you, as a parent to sit down and model reading to your child is the first step in developing lifelong reading habits.
Don’t just do it once… keep doing it… from when they are tiny babies until they say, “Ma I can read it my self now, thanks!”
The intimate and special time spent reading with your child enhances your psychological and physical connections. The book you read brings up all sorts of topics and generates discussion and strengthens their understanding of the world around them.
While the parent model’s reading habits, some of the many things a child learns is that text moves from left to right, and goes up and down the page.
They learn picture clues… the sequence of a story…colours…inflection… vocalizations…punctuation…imagination…in short a child read to from a very early age has distinct advantages when they begin Kindergarten and start their school journey… keep at it.
Repetition… Repetition… Repetition…
Someone the children’s book works on a variety of educational levels, the lines rhyme. It is funny, the main character has a problem with the amount of hair on his head and goes to ridiculous lengths to grow it. The story has universal appeal and was much loved by my students.
Here is Someone looking quite nifty!
There is nothing more delightful than having your young child on your lap and exploring the world of books, you can start with the cloth ones when they are at the dribbling stage; the thick paged book when they are more mobile and exploring everything stage and graduate onto the thinner paged books with more detail on the page when they are older.
This progressive process of acquiring language knowledge is a sequential process that fits with the educational developmental stages of a child’s growth and a precious time in their life. I fear the advent of TV, computers, and iPads, may be nurtured less.
It is very easy to put a young child in front of a screen, and rush off and send your tex or your emails.
The eternal teacher in me wants to remind every one of that little person developing, exploring, questioning, and ask you to please think about creating a balance between human interaction and the screen.
Latham and Sloan again, say
The language experience for a child involves spontaneous and structured reinforcement of experience, through both written and oral exploration, thus enhancing the development of their own reading skills.
I could go on all day about being the teacher and how important reading is but I have never met anyone that would say reading is not important. I was bought up with Rudyard Kipling and Riki Tiki Tavi, Peter Rabbit and his exploits and also a great many rather unsavoury army songs that my Dad used to sing to my sister and I- Frankie and Johnny were Lovers and Have some Madeira M’ Dear from Flanders and Swan!! My Dad writes poetry and perhaps I inherited my love of language from him. I am sure you have literary traditions pertinent to your family.
Alan Bennet said
The best moments in reading are when you come across something – a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things – that you’d thought special, particular to you. And here it is, set down by someone else, a person you’ve never met, maybe even someone long dead. And it’s as if a hand has come out, and taken yours.
Enjoy reading and laughing with your kids. If you would like a copy of Someone here are the links. I recommend the ebook on Amazon.
and the Ipad Ap is available at the Apple Ap Store.
Thanks for dropping by please feel free to let me know the books you enjoy, I always love a chat.