Reading to your child everyday is so good for their brain and language development, bonding time with a parent, feeds their growing imagination and so many other wonderful things! I have always loved books and to this day I continue to be an avid reader. As a school teacher and in the years prior to my professional schooling, I loved reading to children and doing activities with kids that centered around the topics and the ideas of the books we read. Children’s books are an amazing catalyst for creativity and developing new ideas through a child’s imagination.
When my husband and I were pregnant with our first child, we read to my growing belly every night before bedtime from the moment I was able to feel my baby kick. I knew that reading to my baby while still growing inside of my womb was starting good routines early. We have continued that routine every night since the day that Harrison was born and to this day, this little boy loves his books. It’s so hard to deny him when he asks for “just one more momma?” Then along came Sammy, and the same happened when I was pregnant with him, except this time, we had two little boys listening to our stories. Both of my boys love to snuggle up and read at bedtime and it continues to be the part of my day that I look forward to most of all. We foster their excitement for books by giving them quiet times in their beds in the morning to have a snack and read quietly while we shower and prepare breakfast and we take them to the library at least once a week to explore what’s available to them. Taking a quick break to read a book is also a great way to transition from meal time to nap time or when you find yourself needing to refocus your child on a new activity.
I am on my way to meet up with a group of people today to become a part of an literacy advisory board. I am so excited! I have no idea what to expect but I am looking forward to sharing my enthusiasm for reading and hope that I can be used as an example to help mentor other parents to read more to their children. Babies, toddlers, and big kids all benefit from an adult or older child taking the time to read to them.
Here’s a great bit of information from Reach Out and Read about the 5 R’s of early literacy and how they help support healthy brain development:
- Read together everyday with your child
- Rhyme, play and cuddle with your child everyday
- Develop Routines, particularly around meals, sleep, and family fun
- Reward your child with praise for successes to build self-esteem and promote positive behavior
- Develop a strong and nurturing Relationship with your child as the foundation for their healthy develop
Have you read any good books lately? Stay tuned as I hope to share a weekly favorite for our library!