Wednesday, July 18, 2012

3 Reasons Why You Should Read To Your Children Today

The habit of reading is the only enjoyment in which there is no alloy;
it lasts when all other pleasures fade. ~ Anthony Trollope

I could list a hundred reasons why reading to your children rocks, but these are my favorite:

{1} Bonding. Reading aloud requires complete focus on the book and the child. You can't engage in any other activity while you are reading, and trust me, giving children the gift of your complete attention is a beautiful bond of love. 

{2} Building. You may not see it, but reading together causes growth; vocabulary, knowledge in new subjects, communication {listening} skills and my fave: a closer relationship with your child.

{3} Habit. The more you read, the more you will want to read. Start with one picture book, or a chapter in a novel. Visit the library and let your  children choose what interests them - make it an adventure. You are gifting them a life-long habit of lasting joy.

My favorite read alouds this summer have been Greek Mythology and Bible Stories. These books spark our imaginations and lead to extensive, meaningful conversations. 

Children model our behavior, so why not make it significant. Share the borrowed beauty of the library with them today.

xoxo Michele


Natalie T. said...

Love love love! those photos. :) today is library day for us, wish we could meet there with the kids. ;)

Kerry Rossow said...

These might be the 2 sweetest pictures EVER! May I "pin" them on Pinterest?

Michele said...

Me too, Natalie; wish we lived closer - but love that the library has brought us together.

Pin away, Kerry!

Thank you, sweet friends, for the encouragement.