Like many homes, reading together at ZOE is a special time. It’s a time when parents can cuddle their children, laugh at funny stories, discuss issues and get to know one another better.
Reading is so much more than just figuring out the words on a page. It’s a chance to explore new places, discover new things, and meet new characters, knowing that all the while you’re helping a child to develop a lifelong habit of reading.
Reading brings a touch of color to life and happiness as you share in a moment side by side.
As I walked through the children’s home this morning I was curious to know why it was so quiet because I knew that the children had the day off school. How inspiring it was to see the children all snuggled on the stairs in the sunshine listening to one of our volunteers reading them stories. I just had to sit and listen for a while; the warmth of the morning sun and the enjoyment of being read to had me captivated.
And who doesn’t love a story about George? Curious George that is!
That little monkey is always up to mischief. And as he’s trying to figure out how to get out of trouble, readers young and old get to use their imaginations and engage in one adventure after another.
Research shows that families play an important role in children’s reading success. Family participation assists them to not only become better readers but also better listeners, and better students.
At ZOE this morning, our children were hearing the stories in English and Thai, which helps them build vocabulary and language skills in both languages.
As a former teacher, I love to see the activities that take place around the children’s home.
Reading is an important tool for our children to gain knowledge about the world around them.
Seeking to develop life-long learners, it is essential that children learn from a young age that reading is important, but most of all that reading is fun!