A lot of the time, when people read with their children they do it to help them with their literacy skills and there is no doubt that works but to me reading is so much more than that. Reading benefits every part of who they are. Social skills, problem solving, patience, motivation, empathy, understanding of relationships can all be developed by simply picking up a book and diving in. And if you manage to help your child develop a love of reading then it is something that will be with them for their entire life, and that’s not something you can say about a lot of things. Being a child can be hard work but when they immerse themselves in a book they can really switch off. Not just the older children either. If my three year old is having a bad day a book can really break into her mood and it can be like pressing the reset button. This does not always work but is well worth a try! Below are just a few of my thoughts on what books can do for us and our children and not one of them is anything to with literacy. (Please remember that all of these also apply to adults reading books as well!)
Books can cleverly take something scary and make it funny.
Books can make you feel as though you are not alone.
Books can make you laugh when you want to cry.
Books can transport you to a million places when you can’t leave the house.
Books can make you see things from a different point of view.
Books can help you find an answer to a question noone else can answer.
Books can make you believe in magic.
Books can make you think for yourself.
Books can give you goals and dreams.
Books can turn an ordinary day into a magnificent adventure.
Books can be something different each time you read them.