“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” – Emilie Buchwald.
In Canada, January 27th is Family Literacy Day. I was so happy to see my daughter’s school celebrate learning and reading as family by inviting moms, dads, grandparents, and basically any loved one to come and read with their favourite kindergartener.
I showed up to her class with her “reading” pillow, it’s shaped like an owl and she always has to have it a bedtime when she is getting her bedtime story read, her quilt and a couple of her favourite books. It was great to see other kids with their parents (or grandparent) reading with their kids. Obviously, not every child’s parent could make it, and hopefully they are read to at home, but what a great way to have parents involved in the learning process.
My child is read to all the time and I can see that she is eager to learn and practice words but more importantly, I felt like I was giving her alone time with me. Having 3 young kids it can be tough to make sure they are all having special alone time with me and I admit it doesn’t happen as much as I wish it could. I could tell that she felt so special having me there and it was building a connection that sitting and watching a movie just can not replace.
There are many studies out there that show benefits of reading to and with your children. The list is big! There are educational, psychological, social and linguistic (just to name a few) benefits all associated with reading. My 4-year-old doesn’t need to know why it’s good to read I am just glad that she loves it and I feel great knowing I am contributing to this.
So go ahead, pick up a book and find a little person to read it to! I think Albert Einstein said it best…”“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”