Today I listened to story time. It brought back happy memories of countless hours spent reading books to our children. Also of their gramma reading to them when she came to visit. My children were enamoured of books from an early age and I’m pleased to say that hasn’t changed for either of them.
It might seem early at 4 weeks for a book but it’s not. They can’t focus on the pictures but they hear the voice full of love. They hear the cadence changes and the expressions and it catches their interest.
My cousin was a school librarian and said that in the last few years children arrived at kindergarten quite ignorant of books. They didn’t know how to open a book and which way the pages worked. They expected to touch something on the page and have it do something. That’s a sad state of affairs. I recognize that technology is here to stay but there is nothing more tactical and satisfying than reading a book to a small child. The statistics about children’s eye issues is quite alarming and it has to do with their muscles not being developed enough to see the two-dimensional aspect of the screen. I’m no expert and I’m not saying they can’t have screen time but obviously it needs to have limits. So give them a book!
Read. For the love of it!