How reading to your child is beneficial, and prepares them for adult life.

When my kids were little, I would go to the library and check out many books and read to them. I loved having the library as a free resource. I loved reading to my little children. It made us close, and we learned at the same time. It create a strong bond between us, and they still remember it.

It paid off as well. My first born is 92nd percentile in reading in her school district and 83rd in her state test. She is excelling in school. I am so proud.

You can even start reading to your child in the womb, at 30 weeks, and your infant will still reap benefits. This teaches your little one to begin to recognize speech patterns and start to develop language skills.

Here are the list of benefits of reading to your child age 0 to 12 years of age.

  • Reading to your infant teaches your baby phonics, and sparks language development. It also teaches them social skills and emotional awareness. It teaches baby about communication, how to listen, and begins their vocab awareness.
  • Toddlers: Jump starts their speech, and language development. It teaches them about the world around them. The first three years of child development are the most important. Reading to your toddler is very beneficial for their development. It may help them learn to communicate better, and have less tantrums!
  • Preschoolers: Reading to these little ones, expands their vocabulary, speech, teaches them to concentrate, and teaches them about the world around them. They feel close and secure to their caregiver who is reading to them. This intimacy helps them grow smarter. Reading to your preschooler sets a foundation for a positive attitude towards reading as they grow. When you read to your child, they will want to try to start reading on their own! This helps them get ready for school.
  • Reading to your school aged child. They will no doubt be taught these skills in school, but you can make it fun. This is beneficial for them. Reading helps them learn critical skills for making decisions, including coping mechanisms. They will need these skills in life later on! It helps them learn to concentrate, which is great for ADHD. My daughter was diagnosed with ADHD, but now she is excelling. Reading out loud to your child builds writing skills, and vocab skills. It teaches about emotions and creates a sense of empathy in your child. It helps your child better express their self verbally, which goes far in the real world when they are employed. It can spark new interests, and hobbies. It can help your child decide what to study in College, and be when they grow up. It helps your child learn right from wrong, because it builds thinking skills. Reading to your child builds lifelong readers.  Reading to your child is very beneficial. It gives your child a head start in life, and teaches them skills that benefit them in their adult life, such as making decisions and coping! Research proves reading to your child has long term benefits.

 

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Book Review: “Where The Crawdads Sing”.

“Where The Crawdads Sing”, by Delia Owens  topped the The New York Times Fiction Best Sellers of 2019 for 27  weeks. Many people have told me it was the “best book they’ve ever read”. I agree that it was one of the best books that I have ever read. I give it 5 stars, and I recommend reading it 100%.

It is about a little girl named “Kya”. She lived in a shack in the swamp of North Carolina, with her parents and siblings. Her Mom was a victim of domestic violence, so she walked out on her kids, and left them alone with her Dad. Soon her brothers and sisters walked out of the home as well. She was along with her Dad, who barely fed her and he was an alcoholic. Her Mom sends her a letter, and she gives it to her Dad, and this angers him. He leaves her as well.

Here she was, only about 7 years old, and she was along in the swamp living in a shack, with no means of survival. She does survive, and doesn’t pass away until she is 64.

How did this little girl survive on her own? No Mom or Dad to nurture, and feed her?  She sold mussels from the swamp to survive and she lived off of grits. How did she just live off of grits and selling mussels?

She is very lonely, and has only nature to nurture her. The birds are her friends. She has crow friend and she feeds the seagulls. She has no one to keep her company except the insect chirping, and the birds.  This book will bring you close to nature. She becomes a naturalist.

This book addresses the human condition of loneliness, and the nurturing relationships that we need from people.

She has one friend named “Tate”, who was her brothers friend that comes and visits her. Later on he educates. He teaches her to read, and some arithmetic. She has only been to school one day in her life where she was an outcast, dirty and without shoes.

She does something good with her life, and becomes famous, what is that? Read and find out. 😉

She also has two lovers, which was very awkward for her because she didn’t have a family. How can she have two lovers when she is abandonment and lives in a swamp isolated from society?

She is an outcast to society and called “swamp trash”. How could society let this little girl live alone to fend for herself? Later on the book, she is not an outcast to society. Find out how.

One of her lovers is murdered. Who did it, and is she accused? If she is accused did she end up in jail or with the death penalty.

This book is very intriguing. I could not put this book down, and it will defiantly catch your interest. Everyone needs to read it, you can learn a lot.

I recommend this good read to everyone, and this book is amazing. You can remember and learn a lot from this book, about the human condition, nature, and how people act prodigiously. This book took place in the 60’s and 70’s.

 

 

 

Family past times, and togetherness.

Coloring is a fun family activity for the kids and I. This is one way we spend time together, and bond.

I love the new coloring books that came out about 10 years ago, that are for adults.

What fun activities do you do with your family?

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Benefits of reading for Adults.

  • Alzheimer’s prevention- Using your brain prevents Alzheimer’s. The brain can deteriorate if not used actively. The term use it or lose it applies here. You brain is a muscle and need to work out.
  • Increases vocabulary and comprehension. Which in turn can increase your self esteem and confidence. Also help you be a better public speaker. You can better communicate in life, which is a great life skill to have.
  • Have more interesting conversations.
  • It prevents memory loss, according to studies.
  • It is relaxing. Calms your busy mind, and redirects your mind to another place.
  • Helps you be more empathetic. Also you can “read” people better.
  • Keeps your mind focused, and alert. Hence, helps you focus better. Increases mental stimulation, which prevents Alzheimer’s as mentioned before.
  • Prevents depression. You can escape reality and go to another reality.
  • Can help you sleep at night. It is better to read before bed, than it is to look at a blue screen. The computer screen keeps your mind awake at night.
  • Increase in knowledge. No one can take knowledge from you. You can apply your knowledge in real life. You never know when it will help you.
  • Helps you have a more critical mind, and make better decisions. Helps you be more analytical and think better.
  • Helps you write better! Yay for us bloggers!
  • It is free entertainment, if you go to the library.