We all know how important it is to read to your children, right? There is enough evidence out there that should persuade you to do so.
Yet why don’t more parents read to their kids?
Or why do they stop once their kids are reading on their own?
I don’t think that just because your child has become an independent reader that read aloud time should stop. You are giving up so many amazing perks that come with reading to your children.
But sadly, if you don’t make reading aloud a habit when they are younger and continue on it will fall by the wayside as television and sports take center stage.
You give your children a large view of the world when you read to them.
That is why I love Gladys Hunt’s book Honey for a Child’s Heart.
Hunt writes from her own experience as a mother and author. She compels parents to be the facilitator of good reading habits to their children. The book is filled with many examples from when she was reading aloud to her children.
She stresses that children are not going to stumble upon good literature, they’re not going to have a love for reading if parents aren’t fanning the flame and being an example themselves. Our children are picking up on everything that we do, say or even act. We have such a strong influence over their lives, are you wasting it?
Our kids need to see us reading if they are going to love reading.
We are their role models.
It is our job to open up their eyes to the classic literature or to genres they may not think are interesting. While they may not pull a book off the shelf, judging it by its cover, if you read it aloud to them they may just find out that they really did enjoy it.
You widen your children’s imagination when you read to them.
Have you ever noticed that some kids have such great, wild and free imaginations? If you give them a few sticks and rocks they can create the best game out of them. While there are other children who can’t entertain themselves at all, who lack imagination, who demand to be entertained by the television, tablet or phone.
Which childhood sounds more appealing to you? A wild imagination, I hope.
Give that childhood experience to your children by reading to them.
Can I just say how great it is to hear you small children say big words in context because they’ve listened to in a novel you read? My kids are always saying “Salutations!” after reading Charlotte’s Web. I just love that!
One last, fantastic reason why you need to get this book is the book list. Oh, how I love the book list. Hunt breaks down the best books to read with your children by their age. She has taken the work right out of the equation. You simply take your book to the library, search for the title next on the list, grab the book and go home to read. You can not come up with any excuses as to why you’re not reading to your children if you purchase this book. The one book lasts until your children are 12!
Hunt has a gentle way of making you realize how crucial read alouds are. She’s not in your face but uses examples and evidence to prove her point. You will find yourself saying, “yes-I want that in our home!” If you have thought about reading to your children, if you dream about picking up a chapter book and snuggling close in bed or the couch, if you want that deeper connection of getting into their world and sharing experiences with them then start with Honey for a Child’s Heart. You won’t regret it and it will be just the thing to light your fire and empower you to head to the library and grab your first chapter book for read aloud time.
Your turn! Have you read Honey for a Child’s Heart? Do you wish you could make read alouds a habit? Do you read aloud to your children? What book has been the all time favorite in your home? Let’s chat in the comments below!
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