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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Sponges, Part II


In our last blog we discussed how children absorb everything.  They copy the good things we do, and the bad things we do.  We want to give them good things to mimic on purpose. One of the first things I think about is a love for reading.  If you have young children, read to them.  If your children are 7 – 11, read together.  Have your children read to you, and you read to them.  If your children are 12 – 17, encourage them to read for fun.  Find a subject they are interested in, take them to the library, and require them to read – particularly during school breaks and the summer.   Let your children see you reading.  If you struggle with reading, read anyway.  The more you read, the better you will get, and ….. your children will see your reading.  Why is reading so important?  Reading helps children develop language, speech and communications skills.  It helps them develop a strong vocabulary which will help them in school, and in life. When reading to young children, reading helps the child develop a closer relationship with you. My children loved our reading time before they went to bed.  It was their quiet time with me.  When older children read, it helps them explore new concepts and discover different places.  Reading helps children use and develop their imagination. 

One of my sons told me today how much he hated reading as a child; but, he said, you made me do it.  He read all the Berenstain Bear books when he was little, and then as he grew older, all the Star Wars books.  He didn’t like a lot of variety but he did learn to enjoy reading.  

Thought for the day: Reading is a gift that keeps on giving. It is one of the most important gifts you can give your children.  If you have never been to your local library, or you have not been in a long time, make a decision to visit this week.  Discover all the wonderful books and other resources that are available for FREE. To find libraries in your area, search http://www.publiclibraries.com.



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