11 September 2011

A season to read

There is a window of opportunity that parents, should take full advantage of when the children are small.  Even before the age of 1, you can start to read to your child.  At that stage, just pointing to a picture and saying its name is enough (together with your happy tone of voice of course!)  Repetition is the key at this age and reading to your child should be part of a bedtime routine.  A picture Bible story book will be loved by your little ones and will also introduce them to the Bible, which is our most important book.

Even when your child can read, you should still continue to read stories aloud to them, even one chapter per night.  This could become a family tradition after supper, so switch off the television (if you own one) and spend 30 minutes together as a family, reading an exciting story together.  This is such a wonderful bonding opportunity, so don't miss it!  I remember winter nights, reading Laura Ingall's Little House on the Prairie series (there are about 6 books in all), when our youngest were 8 and 6. 

There are wonderful suggested book lists on the internet, given by age and grade level, if you don't know where to start.  I can think of one such list called '1000 good books'.  Then phone your local library to find out if they have the ones you've chosen.  Perhaps in the future, you'll be able to look this up on the internet too.  Make friends with your local library and make it an exciting outing.

So, read to your children while you can!  It's the only way they'll learn to love reading!

You may have tangible wealth untold;
Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.
Richer than I you can never be -
I had a mother who read to me.

~S. Gaillilan~

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