To read or have someone read to you is a warm bonding experience. Much can be shared in a short period of time, and a value can be installed. In this busy world sometimes it is easier to turn on the TV and let it entertain a young mind but it is not the best thing. I always found the time to read to my children and now my grandchildren as well. In this fast paced world we live in, everything is instant. Not so in a book.
Each night you can set a goal of say a chapter or 10 pages not to much for a little mind to absorb. After reading it is important to talk about what was read. Bring it to life so to speak everything has some sort of value to it, good or bad. Find the value and teach the lessen. Then put it in real life and show how the experience can be used. Gifts of Dawn is a series of children’s books I am writing and this is a paragraph from a story, within a story.
Bill Wagon found a tiny rat in an old cargo container that had carried food out to his fathers ship, the Stale Mate. He was the Captains youngest son. The tiny rat was near death when he discovered her. Bill would fed and cared for her, giving her the love that he so desperately wanted for himself. He had prayed his whole life for a friend, and his prayers seamed to be answered in this tiny gray/brown rat, her named her Toby.
Found, near death, fed and cared for, love that he so desperately wanted for himself, prayed his whole life, prayers answered in tiny gray/brown rat. That is quite a lessen for a child, don’t you think! Hope, love, care, wants, needs and prayers answered all from one little paragraph.
So to sum things up reading to your child is possible the single most important thing you can do. Story telling has always been a way to pass down information and values from one generation to another. My stories all come from my Grandma Durkee and the stories she told me about my sea faring forefathers.