The imperfection of perfection - reading to children
The spoken word has a power of its own. Even over the hiss of a record, you can hear every word clearly and become enmeshed in the world of the story. I was fortunate, as a child my parents read to me daily and I grew up listening to Radio 4 (www.bbc.co.uk/radio4) Research has formed links between reading to children and their emotional, health and academic development.
You don't have to be a Shakespearean actor to create a special relationship between your family and books. Try the following:
1: Go to a quiet area of the house
2: Make sure that you will not be disturbed or distracted
3: Throw yourself into the world of the book: use voices, change your pace to create excitement
4: Have fun!
If you are looking for ideas, UK charity Booktrust (Link to the Booktrust website) and HK charity Bring Me a Book Link to the Bring Me a Book HK website have some excellent reading lists. If you are looking for a charity to support, both do sterling work with families who may need guidance in developing a reading habit.
This is a wonderful undertaking and will create a special relationship between you, your family and the spoken world.