Some people make New Year’s resolutions, some set New Year’s goals. No matter what it’s called, a very powerful New Year’s (and kindergarten readiness) strategy is to read and share books and stories with kids for a few minutes every day. Some children have bedtime stories, some have wake-up stories before a parent or caregiver goes off to work, and some have middle of the day stories. Any time of day is great for story and book time.
Listening to parents and caregivers reading stories stimulates children’s brain development. While it might be lovely to have time to read snuggled together that doesn’t always work. So take a book on the bus, share a story when waiting in line at the check-out, squeeze one in while folding laundry. Each book is another deposit in your child’s brain bank. Have you any other ideas for how to tuck a book into your day?
‘Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house, the whole family was reading even the mouse….Reading books and sharing stories is the most valuable of all kindergarten readiness activities. A few reasons are language, imagination, visualizing, attention, concentration, sequencing, letter and sound knowledge and more. Words are our vehicle for learning. (Plus, it’s lifelong. Just yesterday my mom talked to me about a new book at the club at the seniors’ center.)
The stores all have selections of special kids’ books for those who celebrate Christmas and for families of other cultures and religions. The gift isn’t the book, it’s the reading and the magic of relationships. Are the kids nestled all snug in their beds? What will you be reading tonight?
Q. What Christmas carol is parents’ favorite? A. Silent Night
Today, September 8, is World Literacy Day. Celebrations will be taking place around the world to highlight the importance of literacy. Many of these will be reading. When should parents begin reading to children? New research results show it’s important to begin before a child is even born! No matter the age of the kids in your family, spend a few minutes reading to them today. It doesn’t need to be a story book; it can be the newspaper or something in a magazine. It can be a set of instructions or a recipe.
Of course, stories are always great. Rather than suggest some, I thought I’d share with you my favorite children’s story, Horton Hatches the Egg. I remember taking this home from the school library and reading it to my little sister, but I had to skip over the names of all the places.
What stories do you remember? What ones are your child’s favorites?
Reading to kids is a powerful readiness activity, not just for kindergarten but for life. To quote the American Academy of Pediatrics “…reading stimulates the brain, development of language and a closer emotional relationship with your child.” Some pediatricians even prescribe reading during consultations with new parents. While there are wonderful kids books available, buying … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness – R=Read, Read, Read→
The moose may be on the loose but down on the farm the duck is on a bike. This is the title of a book that kids love “Duck on a Bike”. Reading to kids and telling them stories is a vital activity at the top of the list for kindergarten readiness. Simply stated, kids who are read … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness – Moose #3→