The Value of Books

One of the greatest gifts you can give a child is the skill of reading, and this begins by teaching them to LOVE books.
By bridging home and school with this one passion we see so many areas of a child’s development soar. The skill of reading sets the foundation for other academic areas such as interpersonal problem-solving skills, and other cognitive and social abilities.
If we asked a number of our world leader’s that are making a difference in our society they could probably give us many childhood memories discovered in a book, or encouraged from an episode of Levar Burton’s “Reading Rainbow”.

There are many ways to extend the learning after reading a book with your child by;

• Listening carefully to children’s conversations and identify topics of interest.

• Don’t jump in and tell children answers ask open ended questions.

• Challenge them to stretch and use their imagination at every opportunity even adding Art as an extension of the book they may have just read.

• Maybe enjoy a special recognition treat at a local business that encourages your child to read books. (Chick-fil-a, Pizza Hut etc…)

All of this to say when curling up together before bed read a book. “Developing your child’s best brain is an intentional act.”