A device has been invented to bring children and adults into perfect harmony. It's called… a book.
“We know from our work with parents and children in communities across the UK that fostering a love of reading and books at home as well as at school is crucial to children’s future happiness and success.” - Claire Bolton, campaign manager at the National Literacy Trust
Just 10 minutes a day can make all the difference . . .
A report from the Oxford University Press highlighted the importance of parents reading with their children. As little as ten minutes a day can make a significant difference to achievement levels.
“Reading aloud is much more than just telling a child a story and if you can spare 10 minutes a day you can make a huge difference to their development,” said Inez Bailey, Director, National Adult Literacy Agency.
“Reading aloud combines the benefits of talking, listening and storytelling within a single activity and helps to build the foundation for language development. From stories your child learns many things such as how to listen and concentrate, new words and an understanding of why things happen. They also learn to put ideas in order, develop their memory skills, notice how spoken words relate to words on the page and learn how to predict,”
“The most important thing is that reading is fun and enjoyable for both of you – just turn off the TV and find a quiet place so there are no distractions. And remember stories are not just found in books, it’s just as good to tell your child short, simple stories you know. The most important thing is that you enjoy it, that way your child will too.”
Photograph: Christopher Thomond, the Guardian
The NHS says . . . .
You can start looking at books with your baby from an early age – it will help them with their future learning. The time spent sharing books with your baby also allows you to bond with them and is good for emotional wellbeing.
Even before babies learn to speak, they will enjoy hearing you read to them. Listening to you will give them a feel for the sounds, rhythms and rhymes of language. Even small babies like looking at picture books.
Local libraries usually have a good range of children’s books. Some run story sessions for young children. Even if it’s for just 10 minutes a day, looking at books with your child will help them build important skills and encourage their interest in reading.
Click here for some simple tips on reading with your child.
Or watch other parents reading to their children.
The links below are to websites that have lots more tips and information about books and reading with your child.