Setting the scene for story time with your kids
What is the best way to read with our family at home? How can we instil a love of learning and of books?
What books should we read, and how should we present these to our children?
Many of us would love to help our children to become good readers, to help them to enter the fantastic world of books and literature. We know what it has to offer, and that good literacy, which is the foundation for success at school and in life, starts in the home, at an early age.
This series of articles (of which this is the first) will introduce us to some of the key areas around storytelling and reading books for our children.
This first article introduces us to the idea of setting the right environment for story time and why we should do it at all. Continue reading Bedtime stories and books for children
Choosing bedtime stories and books to read with your kids
With almost 20,000 new children’s books published in the UK every year, it’s no wonder that choosing the right book can be a difficult or overwhelming task.
Faced with shelf upon shelf of bright, shiny titles in the bookshop or library, where do you start?
Perhaps your confidence has been dashed because you bought a book and found that your child just wasn’t interested in it.
Perhaps your child won’t sit still for five minutes to read with you.
Or perhaps you just think that your child doesn’t like reading?
But remember that finding the right book to share will reinforce your child’s love of reading and will also help strengthen the relationship between the two of you, so it’s worth taking the time to get it right.
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The new book dilemma…
You have bought a new book to read at bedtime with your child.
It’s won all sorts of awards for being fun and engaging and at the same time teaching children something important about life.
You ignored that warning message in your head saying that you’d better check that your daughter will like it before your bought it.
“I love the pictures and the story is AMAZING! Of course she’s going to love it! I love it, so she will as well…”
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