Discover the Joys of Reading Aloud

March 20, 2009 at 7:43 PM Leave a comment

They say the downturn in our economy might bring people back to simpler times.  According to the news, people are abandoning some of their more expensive entertainment choices like dinners out and distant vacations for recreational options closer to home and not as expensive.

A recent Nielsen Study showed that people are watching more TV than last year. I feel there is another option — an old fashioned one that everyone can afford — reading aloud.

The benefits to young children are far reaching and range from the bonding experience to the introduction of language. At a time when children’s concentration seems to be going down, teaching a child to sit and hear a story is a great place to start.  I could go on and on about all the developmental benefits, and they are impressive.  What I love about the act of sitting next to your child and reading to them is that you are focusing directly on them.  Through this simple act, parents not only give their children attention, but affection as well — two elements that help children thrive.  Plus you are also giving them a story to remember and reference in their lives.  You never know when these same stories will bubble up during difficult times and help your child both strive and survive.

A great promoter of reading aloud from Australia, Mem Fox, even has some great suggestions on how to start.

Enjoy and be glad there are experiences everyone with a library card can afford.

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