- “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” Joseph Addison, English statesman, 1692-1719
Grandparents may not have the money to take their grandchildren around the world, but they can introduce them to a world of beauty, knowledge, sights and sounds through books!
Reading helps children in a number of ways. Here are ten of them:
- Gives them an interest in reading
- Makes them better readers
- Develops their speech and language skills
- Improves their vocabulary
- Improves their pronunciation
- Helps them understand grammar and sentence structure
- Increases their imagination, creativity, and curiosity
- Helps them express themselves more confidently
- Introduces them to new ideas
- Gives them an ear for the “music” of language
(This list condensed and edited from “Reading Aloud to Children” at SixWise.com)
Charlotte area grandma, Ann Wayne, loves to read rhyming and humorous books to her grandchildren. “I change my voice and act out the parts when I read to Benjamin (2) and Emma (5). We leave behind the cares of the day and pretend that we are part of the story. I also love to read them Bible stories…preschool years are a perfect time to begin teaching them simple truths about God’s love.”
- “So please, oh PLEASE, we beg, we pray, Go throw your TV set away, And in its place you can install, A lovely bookshelf on the wall.”— from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Chapter 27, Roald Dahl author
Lois Handy, retired grade school teacher and Concord resident, looks forward to reading “Veggie Tales” and Good Night Moon to her granddaughter Lilly B. Although Lilly is only fourteen months old, she already enjoys hearing C.S. Lewis stories.
Perhaps the sweetest part of reading is the bonding that takes place between grandparent and grandchild as together they explore the zany, imaginary world of Dr. Seuss, the true supernatural stories of the Bible, the saucy adventures of Pippi Longstocking, or the snuggly Pooh bear classics.
Each of your Grandchildren is a “story being written.” One day in the future when they read back through the pages of their lives, they will remember those souls who took them places they could not go except through the pages of books.
- “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!