Find the power in
reading to your kids.
especially if you’re going to read WITH them.
After having a lot of fans ask me about what the songs were about, I decided to write a book that moms and or dads could share with their kids. Not only are there stories about each song’s origin and inspiration, but the book also includes my highest hopes for the readers and some questions around which you and your kids can create a shared experience.
I believe the single most significant factor influencing a child’s early educational success is an introduction to books and being read to at home prior to beginning school. This opportunity for your children creates multiple benefits according to Paige Turner’s article “5 Benefits of Reading To and With your Kids” on TheLiteracySite.com:
- Build Relationships:
Sharing the experience of reading a book together allows parent and child to create deeper bonds between them. Snuggling up with a book is a great way to spend time together and creates a unique, shared experience even as kids get older and “grow out of” cuddling.
- Provide New Experiences:
When kids read, they get to experience new situations before they encounter them in real life. If a child is scared about attending kindergarten, reading about it beforehand can ease the transition. It’s also a great way for kids to experience diversity and branch out from the environment and culture they were raised in. Reading about and relating to the experiences of other people is extremely helpful in the development of empathy.
- Improve Communication:
Reading together allows kids to be exposed to an increased vocabulary, speech patterns and enunciation. This superior command of language also affords children better communication skills.
- Improve Concentration:
Sure, kids don’t typically like to sit still and listen, but by reading to them, parents can help their children learn focus and discipline. Story time rewards kids for stronger self-discipline, longer attention spans, and better memory retention. No one wants to miss “the good part” because they were squirming!
- Develop a Lifetime’s Love of Books:
It’s never too early to start showing kids the joy to be found in a book. Readers enjoy an amazing pastime and a recent study suggested that readers are the best people to fall in love with.
You may have a lot of books to choose from for practicing these principles. I’d like to offer you one that I wrote specifically for you to use with your kids. Attached is a chapter from my book. I wrote this for individuals to be inspired and for parents to have an opportunity to read an inspirational story to their kids. I’m attaching the song and the chapter.