Today I am sitting at our local library. As I look over my shoulder, I see a mother and her son both sitting opposite of one another staring at a device; mom with her ‘smart’ phone, and son with his electronic game. While surrounded by thousands of books, they sit in the library, waiting for Dad to finish checking his email.
With literally unlimited adventurous tales around them, they have fallen victim to a 21st century desperately destructive dilemma.
Why read aloud to our kids anymore? What are we really missing? Can’t we just let them learn from their machines and get the same results?
Reading aloud builds more than just an unbreakable bond between parent and child, it actually makes the brain work harder.
According to Susan Wise Bauer, author of A Well Trained Mind , “Language learning, and image learning require very different habits of thought. Language requires the mind to work harder, in reading, the brain is required to translate a symbol (words on a page) into a concept. Images, such as those on videos or television, allow the mind to be passive. In front of a video screen, the mind can ‘sit back’ and ‘relax’, faced with a written page, the mind is required to roll up its sleeves and get back to work.”
Love for reading starts at birth. Over the next three weeks we’ll share resources with you that will help you to enjoy a beautiful time of bonding with your child. Kindle books are a great way to marry the electronic world of images with the written word. We love Kindle books because you can jump from one book to the next without ever having to leave the couch.
Some suggested readers
0-6 years old:
Board Books for Babies:
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Moo Baa La La La! by Sandra Boyton
Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boyton
But Not the Hippopotamus by Sandra Boyton
Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Down by the Bay
Dr. Seuss on Kindle
Miss Spider’s Bedtime Story on Kindle
The Color Kittens
Toddlers to age six:
Stay tuned next week for more book recommendations for older kids.
Have a wonderful school year!