KEEP A SONG IN YOUR HEART & A BOOK IN YOUR HANDS!
The most important thing you can do to make your child a reader is to read to your child...the more the better! ...the earlier the better! When you read to your child your child learns that you value reading. Children that are exposed to literature at an early age grow up thinking of books as friends...something that is a natural part of their lives. When parents read a book to their child, the physical closeness they share brings them closer. The story they share in their minds gives them a common view of the world as the books they read create a culture for their family. Time spent reading to your children builds memories that will last a lifetime.
Did you know that books can stir the same emotional responses in young children that music does? Some books are exciting and encourage movement. Some inspire children to be thoughtful. And some books soothe a child to sleep just like a lullaby.
Reading exposes your child to new words and ideas. For young children whose emotions are powerful but their expressive language is still limited, books provide understanding for the emotions they experience. Through hearing stories, toddlers can make sense of their own feelings and experiences. Books allow for the full expression of their sometimes overwhelming emotions. Young children are able to empathize with characters who feel sad, angry, embarrassed,lonely or afraid. Children who hear many stories as they are building their view of the world will include not only their own limited experiences, but also the many other experiences they've heard about in books.
But, perhaps the best reason to read to a young child is not because it makes them smarter or more verbal, which it undeniably does, but because it makes them whole people.
So...Turn off the TV & Put the IPad Away!
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