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Reading books with your child is a special gift you can give them. Firstly, it's a time you can get physically close with your child and provide comfort and warmth perhaps before bedtime. Secondly, you can introduce your child to new words, new ideas and great stories. You can use it as an opportunity to talk through things together and encourage them to express feelings.
Click on the yellow "View Activity Link" below to find a free online book from www.freekidsbooks.org called "Always Be Nice". Look at the animal pictures and read the words out loud. There are lots of words that are useful to know. Talk about why being kind to other people makes the world a better place for everybody.
Reading aloud combines the benefits of talking, listening and storytelling within a single activity and helps to build the foundation for language development. From stories your child learns many things such as how to listen and concentrate, new words and understand why things happen. They also learn to put ideas in order, develop their memory skills, notice how spoken words relate to words on the page and learn how to predict. Reading gives your child a chance to develop their own opinions, build visual skills and learn how to handle books.
If you can spare 10 minutes a day to read with your child you can make a huge difference to their development. You don’t have to read a book, you could read a comic, magazine article or a story you have made up yourself. The most important thing is that you enjoy it, that way your child will too.
Remember a good storybook is one that you the reader and your child find interesting. It might be funny or entertaining. Ask yourself whether your child would enjoy it and be able to listen to it. Are the pictures well drawn? Is it well written? Do you like it? You may be the one reading it, over and over, and over!
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