Published 4 years ago
Today, we are delighted to have Alysa, from Everead, guest posting with us. Please enjoy as she shares why she loves reading with her kids.
Hi, I’m Alysa. I have three kids, ages 7, 5, and 2. Before I had children, I graduated with a degree in Elementary Education. I love reading children’s literature, and earning my degree taught me the value of reading. You already know that reading is good for kids brains, and that they do better in all other subjects in school if they read well. Reading also helps kids develop empathy, or the ability to relate to other kids. That’ll come in handy not least when the career they want requires “good interpersonal skills.”
It won’t surprise you when I say that reading with kids is one great way to teach kids how to read. But when I read with my kids, I’m not usually thinking about that. This may sound crass, but I figure their teachers at school will teach them how to read; and I’m fine with that.
So, if I’m happy to let the teachers do the work, WHY do I love reading with my kids?
Well, it appears that most of my reasons are selfish. But I like to think they’re selfish for a good cause. They’re only selfish because I want us all to be happy and have a good life. For us, reading together plays a big part in that.
Are YOU feeling selfish now? If you’d like to start making some top secret, nefarious plans for literary induced happiness, feel free to read some of my other posts on reading with kids: How To Hook Young Ones Into Reading, How Reading Together Taught Us to Say Please, and 3 Ways to Teach Kids Reading. Visit me any time on my blog, Everead, where I selfishly share my book thoughts, to trick people into talking books with me.
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