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Story-Time With a Twist

Story-Time With a Twist  6/26/20


People are talking about the silver linings they’ve discovered through the changes that were brought on because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  One of the good things that has happened in the Klapperich family during these recent months is virtual story-time. 

Almost every night of the week, I get a Facetime call from my three oldest grandchildren, ages 9, 6, and 4.   They always call right after they’ve had their baths and gotten into their PJs.  We chat a bit about the highlights of our day, and then I read to them for 20-30 minutes. 

In March and April we were reading two or three short story books each night.  We read some of the books many times, over and over again, due to their requests.  Since May, we’ve been reading a chapter or two each night from chapter books.  “The Boxcar Children” series has been popular, and next week we will try one of the books from a series called “Nate the Great.” 

Reading aloud to children has many proven benefits, including:

  • Helping them develop language, literacy, listening and problem-solving skills
  • Promoting creativity, nurturing imagination, and building social skills
  • Developing a close relationships between the adult and child
  • Supporting all areas of development that will help the child succeed in school
  • Aiding in hand-eye coordination and development of small motor skills
  • Helping the child have less fear about new experiences

Which of those six benefits do you feel is the biggest or most important benefit or reason for reading to children?  The great thing is, you reap ALL the benefits by reading to them!

The earlier we start reading to our children, the better it is for them.  Beginning early is important because the roots of language are developing in a baby’s brain even before he can talk! The more words your baby hears over time, the more words he learns.

But maybe you feel a little silly reading aloud to an infant.  Although it seems babies are too young to enjoy being read to, they’re learning something new at every stage, and reading together when babies are as young as 4 months old increases the chances that parents continue reading to babies as they get older.

If you’d like to learn more about reading to children, selecting books for children, or get some tips about reading to children at different ages and stages, call 701-724-3355 or email me at cindy.klapperich@ndsu.edu.

Sources:  NDSU Extension Basic Beginnings Parent Education Program, and “Read Early and Often,” (https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/1833-read-early-and-often)

Photo Source:  https://pixabay.com/photos/grandma-reading-grandmother-senior-736004/ (downloaded 6/30/20)

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