When was the last time that you read a bedtime story with your older children? When they were young, you took the time to read and cuddle before going to bed. But, now that they are older and can read by themselves, you should not stop reading with them bedtime stories.
According to Scholastic.com, there are many benefits to reading bedtime stories with your older children. Here are a few:
1. Your children are spending precious time with you and you with your children. You are doing something together, which builds memories.
2. You get to know their opinions. When reading, ask questions. Since they are older, they can give their opinions on subjects. Have them think outside the box, rather than just giving rote answers. This will give you important insight into what and how they are thinking. And, remember – no question is a dumb question.
3. Children are learning good writing skills and sentence structure when they listen to well written books. Then, when they are in school, they will be able to remember these skills and replicate them. This is much different than with their younger siblings who are not at that stage of development yet.
Be sure to select a time that is convenient for you and your children. Don’t rush through a book just to say that you read with them. Plan and take the time that both you and they need to make this an enjoyable occasion.
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