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storieChild Books: Helping your Child Grow and Flourish

storieChild Books: Helping your Child Grow and Flourish

All of us were born to be the heroes of our own stories.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful it we actually lived our entire lives believing that?  Believing that we were good and capable and could rise to the circumstance that life presented…that we could use our special qualities to save the day?

Today I spent some time reading storieChild Books.  Not only are they read-aloud books, which promotes brain development and increased capacities for learning, but your child is the hero in each of them.  The story lines are unique and specialized to capture your child at a specific moment, helping them see themselves through the eyes of people who not only love them, but see them as successful, strong and capable.

Behaviorists Walker and Shea write in their 1995 book, Behavior Management that children have a natural need for attention and approval.  storieChild books are built around these two important needs.  When you read and re-read these books to your children, they hear again and again of their unique and special place in the world.  Through this process, they are more likely to believe that they have the qualities to become better and more effective members of their communities. Beliefs guide our efforts and activities and become the tools we use to craft a healthy and happy life. storieChild books can assist you to guide your children to that goal.

All parents hope their children will grow to be competent, positive, confident adults.  Happily, much has been written and researched about this topic.  You can find information in your libraries, online, in books and in magazines.  Parents of this generation are lucky to have an abundance of resources at their fingertips.

Sometimes, however, all this information can be confusing.  It helps to turn down the volume on all of the experts and think about a few important, simple and effective things you can do for your children that will have a lasting and positive impact on their later lives.  

If I could recommend only one such activity to parents of young children it would be to read to them.  Children develop better communication skills, have a better grasp of abstract concepts and logic, concentrate better and eventually become better readers themselves when they are read to.

Read early. Read often.

 

Toddlers Love Reading Too!

Toddlers Love Reading Too!

It’s almost the end of a year.  Well, school year that is. In just 7 days, I will wrap up a school-year long journey with my sweet third graders.  They’ve grown.  In many, many ways.  They’ve grown taller.  They’ve grown smarter and wiser and they’ve grown in their reading--many of them by leaps and bounds.  It is so satisfying to watch and hear their growth in reading.  Makes my heart happy.  I venture to say that much of their growth has come from reading and reading and reading...a lot. 

And I remember during the year that I told many parents at parent teacher conferences:  “Don’t stop reading with your child.”   I told them that they are the best model for building expression, rate, and fluency.  Wait.  What?  These kids are 8 years old – some of them 9 years old.  They don’t need someone reading to them.  Oh – yes, they do.  Yes, they do.

Reading fluency begins at a very early age.  My husband and I read to our girls every night.  I can even remember reading Goodnight Moon and reaching the part in the story where the bunny is saying goodnight to everything in the room.  He reaches the part where he says, “And the quiet, old lady was whispering – hush.”  We had read that story so many times that our girls would always finish that line by saying, “hush.”  It was so cute! It was profound! They were only toddlers on our lap and yet fully aware of when that line was coming.  Every time they would finish it.  They were reading!

I found a great site that talks about the benefits of reading to your toddler.  I love what the writer has to say, because every single point is spot on.  I can tell you from a teacher’s perspective that the kids who have been read to and who read are ahead of the curve in spelling, language, and comprehension.  Their mental schema – the files in their brain – is more vast simply because they have been exposed to more things.  More pictures – more words – more language -  more scenarios – just more and it builds their little computer files.  Reading has a profound way of doing just that.  Expanding the base of knowledge.  And believe me – that’s a good, good thing.

Enjoy reading the site about 7 Benefits of Reading to Your Toddler

http://www.babble.com/toddler/7-benefits-of-reading-to-your-toddler/

Until next time, some food for thought:

"The fluent reader sounds good, is easy to listen to, and reads with enough expression to help the listener understand the joy the material."

 

--Charles Clark, "Building Fluency: Do it Right and Do it well!" (1999)