The Benefits of Reading with your child
We love books at Mindarie Keys and every day there are numerous story telling opportunities. We do this to promote language, literacy and brain development and because it’s fun!
Sharing stories helps your child become familiar with sounds, enhances vocabulary and helps to improve reading skills when they go to school. Literacy skills are, after all, the foundation skills for all other subjects.
Stories spark imagination, and can help your child to safely explore strong emotions and new experiences such as going to the zoo or on a picnic.
Reading with your child or children can be a special time for you to share, talk and discuss the ideas raised in the book. During Book Week we will be posting our Educators favourite books. What are yours? I still have some books that belonged to my eldest son, then my younger children, now my Grandchildren, so they are over 35 years old, yet I still see them for sale in the bookshop so they have certainly stood the test of time. ‘Harry the Dirty Dog’ by Gen Zion is one book that brings back lovely memories for me. I read this with Christopher when he was a little boy, and now I’m reading it with his little girls.
We also loved the Mog Books by Judith Kerr, particularly ‘Mog and the Baby’, as Mog’s expressions are so funny. Christopher’s little girl loved the Mog Christmas Special on YouTube, as well as enjoying the book.