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…
♥ 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.
♥ 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.
♥ 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…
Denyse 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.