Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 149 – The Value Of Story Time

My wife and I took a bouquet of backyard flowers to the neighbors, just because. Also read aloud to my girls from a new book,  Beyonders: A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull.

I’ve been reading books aloud to my children since they were born, but seriousFront cover of The Read-Aloud Handbookly for at least seven years. In that time, we’ve read together many amazing books  such as The Secret Garden, Anne of Green Gables, the Ramona series by Beverly Clearly, Crispin: The Cross of Lead, and on and on.

As a parent, I cannot tell you many more effective ways of connecting with your children. You can spend focused, quality time together. You get time to talk, laugh and cry together. And unlike television or movies, you are a part of the story.

When you are reading a story together, you are also discovering it as equals. There is no parent, there is no child. Just two people sharing an adventure. The people just happen to be daddy and daughter, mother and son.

In my opinion, Jim Trelease has written the definitive work on the subject, The Read Aloud Handbook. It includes an immense selection of quality books that work well as read-alouds.

It’s an amazing experience for both child and parent.

About Eric Winger

Our perception of time is key to how we use our time. The most fundamental way to change that perception is to give our time. This opens us up to new opportunities and ideas from which we can build to really make a difference. ... Yes, we *do* have time to make a difference!
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2 Responses to Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 149 – The Value Of Story Time

  1. Oh, that’s such a lovely experience to share. Apart from that teacher I told you about, I also owe my adoration of books to my mother for reading to me every single night from the time I was a tiny baby. Both to connect with them and foster a love of reading, you’re doing them a great service.

    • Eric Winger says:

      Thank you! . I’ve come to love the stories as much as my kids have loved to hear them. I’m sure you and your mother went on some wonderful literary adventures together.

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