Guest blogging at www.proofedbylinds.co.uk is very welcome.
My guest is Caroline Edwards, owner of Love2Read, a business that uses internet technology to enable anyone to produce high quality, personalised books. With Father’s Day fast approaching, I asked her to tell us why it so important to spend time reading with your children. Thank you, Caroline.
As an experienced primary school teacher, and a mother of three, I’m forever talking about the importance of establishing a bedtime story routine as early as possible.
One of the greatest gifts you can give to your children is a love of books
I’ve always believed, and continue to say to anyone who will listen, that reading is central to a child’s education. If you can instil a love of books into your child when they are very young, they are much more likely to become lifelong readers, and research has shown they will do better at school. But it’s not all down to the mums; dads need to get involved too.
I was shocked to read that a new study has found that 80% of young fathers don’t enjoy reading to their children. According to new Booktrust figures, only 19% of 16-24 year-olds say they enjoy reading at bedtime with their children. Compare that to 78% of fathers aged 55 and over. Bedtime stories, it appears, are dying out.
Young dads don’t seem to know just how much they are missing out!
Bedtime stories are bliss, and the best part of the day
At this time, children are not running around filthy, naked, shouting at their brothers and sisters, and drowning in tears and snot. Instead – for a brief moment – they are cosy, inquisitive and content. Their teeth are brushed; they’re in their pyjamas and their faces are washed. It’s calm-time.
The storytime that follows is a time for bonding and building on trust. By reading with your kids, or inventing stories of your own, you are enhancing your child’s concentration skills, widening their vocabulary and developing a love of books that can last a lifetime. You are also helping them slip towards sleep with food for their dreams.
It’s the perfect time to talk to your child about everything and anything. After all, how often do you get a concentrated 15-20 minutes with your child when they are totally focused on what you have to say?
But that’s not all. Booktrust concluded that reading every day to pre-school children gives them a 12 month headstart when they arrive in the classroom.
So, I say: Dads, start reading at bedtime with your children. It really is the best time of the day.
Mums, if you want to encourage Dad to start spending quality time with his offspring, create a personalised Love2Read My Dad book for Father’s Day this year. He’ll love being the star of the bedtime story!
The founder of love2read, Caroline Edwards, qualified as a teacher and, during her fifteen years in the classroom, she taught children from reception right through to year 7. In the 1990′s when she was teaching, Caroline used to create books for her pupils by literally cutting and pasting bits of paper. She found the children responded enthusiastically and showed significant interest in want to learn to read. Using internet technology love2read now enables anyone to produce high quality personalised books. Caroline lives near Henley on Thames with husband Fred and their 3 children.
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