Advantages for Reading with Children
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I’ve read with my son every night for the last nine years since he was a few months old.
It’s recognised that there’s many benefits to reading with children, from improving their reading, writing and their emotional intelligence.
She has kindly offered to share her professional thoughts on the advantages of reading with children;
The Advantages of Reading with Your Kids, According to Pat Guy
Children who read, or are read to, have the best possible start in life.
One of the many advantages a young reader has, is an exposure to new, unusual or complex words.
There’s known to be a direct link between the size of a child’s vocabulary and their success in life.
Effective communication plays a vital role in supporting children’s well-being.
A good vocabulary will enable a child to express themselves clearly, and to better understand the nuances of social interaction.
Different genre of books introduce different kinds of vocabulary.
A book about railways will introduce the reader to technical words.
A book about Norman castles will introduce the reader to subject specific words.
Fiction for young children will introduce emotional vocabulary and the language of communication and social interaction.
Some stories of human interaction are uplifting and amusing: such stories will leave their readers smiling.
Olivia & The Proverbs
Olivia and the Proverbs falls into this category as it explores intergenerational friendships: the pleasure that the older generation feel in the company of the younger generation, and the lessons that can be learnt from such relationships.
The proverbs in the Olivia stories can summarise the insights that can be taken from each chapter.
The adult can use these proverbs to direct the child’s attention to the underlying message, or simply read the story for fun!
- Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Olivia loves Biscuit, not because he is beautiful, clever or physically agile, but because of his other attributes. He’s loyal, has unconditional love and is happy to be himself.
Beauty is only skin deep.
- Good things come to those who wait.
In this story, Olivia learns that not everything can always go your way, but if you’re patient, things often turn out better than you thought.
Patience is a virtue.
- Every cloud has a silver lining.
Blossom, Olivia and Mabel are all feeling a bit down, but rather than sit and mope, they decide on a plan of action. They do something to make themselves feel happier.
We are masters of our own destiny.
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