Guest Post ★ It’s never too early to read to your child

May 3, 2013 by flyingdrunkenmonkey

Guest Post - It's never too early to teach your children to read - The Flying Drunken Monkey

I’m taking some time off at the moment. Either I’ve had the baby by now or am about just about to so am not really up to blogging. I’ll be featuring a few guest posts from awesome bloggers over the next few weeks.

Today’s post is from Denyse from Ready Set School. I’ve “known” Denyse for a few years now. She’s a gorgeous lady, always has a kind word or a hug for everyone. She is a retired school principal and her blog aims to educate teachers and parents on the different aspects of guiding children through school.

She writes today about reading with children – Lily is a big reader (like her mum!) and it’s a habit I hope to continue with this baby as well.

When I saw how Lily was ‘reading’ her books to her mum, Cassie, via photos on Instagram I ‘knew’ that Lily was literacy-ready. She knew what a book is, that a story is told, that it’s predictable and familiar, that it’s a wonderful experience to share with another.

My post for Flying Drunken Monkey is about how early reading can commence for your child. I am a mother of two adults, a grandmother to almost 7 grandchildren. One due in June. And the eldest granddaughter is in Year 11. I have the ‘range’ of experiences with, so far 4 girls and 2 boys. I have not seen discernable differences in the love of books and reading for the boys and the girls. All kids love to snuggle next to you and be read a book.

Read To Your Kids.

Read To Your Kids …before they are born…

Read To Your Kids …every day…

Read to Your Kids…every night…

WHY?

♥ Every child loves to hear the soothing tones of a parent’s voice.
♥ There is comfort in the coming together of a child, an adult combined with a book.
♥ The book that appeals from the ‘looking’ at scenes and characters, and from ‘listening’ to words and expression.
♥ It’s a loving ritual.

WHEN?

♥ Start reading the same book or three to your child, inside Mummy’s tummy.
♥ It is a bonding between Daddy and the child in particular as Mummy’s voice is familiar.
♥ It also means that when Mummy says “come and talk to our baby” Daddy doesn’t have to decided whether to use baby words or just become …ummmm silent?
♥ Daddy reading to the baby inside (day or night!) is reassuring to Mummy as well.

WHAT?

♥ This is not as hard as it might seem.
♥ But, there are recommended books I would start with.
♥ In fact, the ones you begin reading before the child is born, will be the ones you read afterwards and there’s a bonus!
♥ The child’s reactions. Familiarity. It really is beautiful to watch.

BOOKS TO START YOUR CHILD READING.

♥ My Mum by Anthony Brown

♥ My Dad by Anthony Brown

♥ Where’s Spot by Eric Hill

♥ Peepo by Janet Ahlberg

♥ The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

♥ Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

♥ Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell

♥ Brown Bear Brown Bear by Bill Martin Jr. Eric Carle

♥ Polar Bear Polar Bear by Bill Martin Jr. Eric Carle

♥ Where Is the Green Sheep? By Mem Fox

Books in the photo are some that formed part of a recent promotion from a newspaper. They are in a small version.

WHERE TO BUY THEM.

♥ Local Post Offices often have ‘book packs’ of quality picture books. Look for those by Pamela Allen.

♥ I recommend Large Chain Stores, and Dymocks as well as the Large Department Stores.

BUT, bargains are more likely via on-line sites such as in Australia:

♥ Booktopia (max postage is around $6.50)

♥ Book Depository in UK (free postage)

WORD OF CAUTION.

Parents may be tempted to buy books which ‘teach reading’. Please don’t. Teach your child that as you read, reading is a loving and wonderful activity. Oh, and the books above I have chosen are the wonderful classics recommended for decades. Please, no Golden Books unless you like being slowly…never mind.

YOUR child, YOU and a GREAT BOOK = QUALITY TIME.

Wishing the little family all the best as they await baby makes 4…

Guest Post - It's never too early to teach your children to read - The Flying Drunken MonkeyDenyse Whelan is a retired K-6 Principal who found she missed kids, teaching and school-life so much she began to write a blog. Denyse’s blog and website for families where kids are already at school or who are about to go to school is called Ready Set School. Follow her tweets as @readyset2school. Her Facebook page is www.facebook.com/denysejwhelan.
When Denyse isn’t on the internet she is interacting with her family and friends from teaching. She remains keenly interested in schools and education and works as an K-6 Schooling Education Specialist to 8 Early Childhood Learning Centres.

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2 Comments »

  1. […] week on Cassie Barlow’s site I guest-posted about ‘never too early to begin reading..to the child/with the child’ NOT […]

  2. Miss Cinders says:

    “WORD OF CAUTION.
    Parents may be tempted to buy books which ‘teach reading’. Please don’t. Teach your child that as you read, reading is a loving and wonderful activity. Oh, and the books above I have chosen are the wonderful classics recommended for decades. Please, no Golden Books unless you like being slowly…never mind.”

    Couldn’t agree more! Great post Denyse!

    MC x
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