These were a few thoughts I put together about reading to your kids when Someone was launched a few years ago. Someone was a book I wrote for children, the book works on a variety of levels and 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!
Latham and Sloan say and I quote
The Teaching of Reading in the classroom involves having the resources, providing individual tuition, catering to all the needs of the children, a watchful and intelligent eye and providing a model of a successful language user. (The Teaching of Reading is, by Latham and Sloan Published by Thomas Nelson Australia 1981)
I would say that there is a very important role for us all as parents in this process and that is to read to your children at home. 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 developmental stages in a child’s growth and a precious time in their life. I fear with 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. Someone is an ebook and an iPad Ap, they are wonderful teaching tools and do have distinct advantages. Just the eternal teacher in me wants to remind everyone of the 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
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