Thursday, August 9, 2012

Thursday Things

Parents - Reading aloud to your children is one of the simplest, yet most profound ways to help them have success in school.  It's never too early to begin reading to your child-even pre-birth.  It's something you can  enjoy together long after they have learned to read themselves.  How can reading aloud help?

 Vocabulary development
 Language development
 Improved comprehension
 Increased attention span
 A stronger parent/child bond through shared enjoyment of whatever you read
 The opportunity to discuss (instead of lecturing about) all kinds of topics as you read together-This gives you an opportunity to teach your values to your children.

What kinds of things should you read to your child?

 Very small infants don't care what you read.  They respond to the rhythm of your voice.
 Young children love the rhythm and rhyme of nursery rhymes and poetry.  These are quite important as children acquire the sounds of language, learn how books work, and begin to increase their attention.  Wordless picture books help them begin to understand how stories work as you look at and discuss the pictures together.
 No book is too easy for beginning readers.  To develop their early skills, they need to spent lots of time reading books with rhyme, rhythm and repetition. As they gain experience at this stage, continue to read aloud to them as well as having them read to you.  You can read things above their reading levels. Your discussions about the story line, characters, and new words or concepts presented in what you read to them will help them build comprehension in a pleasant manner.
 As children reach the chapter book stage, they are generally able to select appropriate-level books for themselves.  Help them find material on topics of their interest.  School and public librarians will be happy to help you.
 Read a variety of things to your children:  magazine and newspaper articles they might be interested in, fiction and nonfiction writings, poetry, comics and graphic novels.

What you invest in reading and enjoying time together, will pay off in strengthened skills and relationships.  This becomes even more important as your children grow older.  How nice it is to have this foundation of shared pleasure. Perhaps it may temper those normally turbulent teen years.  Read and enjoy the time together as long as they will let you.


  1. I've found that scheduling reading time for my kids before bed really contributes to their enjoyment for reading. They each have their own series that they enjoy and even my oldest son can't wait for new books to be released from his favorite author. They spend a few minutes reading their devotions and then they can pick whatever they want to read for their quiet time. I was never much of a reader growing up and didn't really enjoy it (till now). I'm so glad to see my kids enjoying being a part of someone else's story/journey!

    1. I'm so glad you've been bitten by the reading bug yourself. You've established a very important routine, Shelly, that will no doubt continue with your grandkids!