Three Books a Day
(photo by Megan Tibbs, Gypsy Lane Studio)
A couple years ago, I read a great book called "Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Your Children Will Change Their Lives Forever."
Did you know that experts say children need to hear a thousand stories read aloud before they begin to learn to read for themselves? That's right...one THOUSAND stories. If that sounds intimidating, think of it this way, 3 books a day, every day, for a year. That is very doable. You don't even have to read 3 different books each day! Reading "Go Dog Go" all three times is A-OK!
Keep in mind that the television talks AT children, not TO children. Passively hearing words is not the same as the bonding, conversational experience that comes from reading.
So if you aren't already doing this, I encourage you to start today. Three books a day, every day. I have a feeling you will enjoy it as much as your children do!