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Books for Kids, Books for Adults, The Power of Literacy – Part II

Submitted by on April 14, 2011 – 10:23 AM4 Comments
Books for Kids, Books for Adults, The Power of Literacy  – Part II

In Part I of this topic, I discussed how reading and talking with young children increases their vocabulary significantly.  Increased vocabulary and exposure to the written word, along with significant discussion with adults produces other dramatic effects for children.  Children who are read to and talked to in many meaningful interactions come to formal school settings with many pre-literacy skills including knowledge of rhyme and rhythm, picture-word identification and prediction skills.  In short, children who are read to frequently know the power of the written word!!  As I previously mentioned, such children have a much easier time learning to read.  They do well in the early years of school and generally score well on IQ tests, due to their great exposure to vocabulary and concepts.

Reading and talking to your children provides far more rewards than the cognitive skills I have mentioned.  Reading and talking with children in purposeful interactions helps children to have better social and emotional skills.  Through books and discussions about the stories in books, children learn about what is acceptable behavior.  They see how children and adults should treat each other.  They learn that people make mistakes, but it is not the end of the world.  I think about the Little Monster series of books.   Little Monster seems to get into many mischievous situations, but he always learns from them and he always knows he is very loved inspite of his mistakes.  Children learn that there are consequences in life through the stories in books.   They see that the little duck, who lived on Yangtze River in China learned to obey his parents in The Story About Ping.  They learn that rules and discipline are a normal part of life.  When parents read the book to their child, they too are reminded of the importance of being a strong parent and having rules and values.  Other stories help children and adults to know that individual differences are good and to be respected.  A classic story on this theme, Ferdinand the Bull tells about a little bull who didn’t want to be in bull fights like all the other bulls.   He wanted to enjoy the meadow and graze grass peacefully!  Think about the beautiful, classic story, The Runaway Bunny.  The little bunny tests his mother over and over again about the places to which he might run away.   No matter where he thinks about going, mother rabbit says she will find him and she will take care of her little bunny.  It is a statement of unconditional love over and over again.  As an educator, I could go on and on about title after title of fantastic stories that have messages for children and adults.   I was recently in the children’s section of the public library!!  Oh, my, all those invitations to bring exciting and meaningful stories into the lives of our children!!  Please parents, take this advice to heart.   There is no substitute for reading and talking with your children and your spouse too!!   It makes all the difference in how our children and ourselves may be able to positively interact with others in life.   It makes all the difference in how both children and adults may be able to negotiate the very next hour of life.  It makes all the difference in how capable children and adults feel.   The time is now!!  What are you waiting for?

You are the architect of your child’s environment!!   Wow, that is quite a job, but every parent can do it and must do it if he or she really cares about the future of their child and their own family!  Go choose a book!  The future begins right now!!

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  • Annie Hurt says:

    I am really wondering who reads the articles that I write, as I write with passion about what I think is truly important. This weekend I had the privilege of reading a book titled “Easter from A to Z.” I bought this book for 50 cents at a local thrift store. The book was in new condition, and the information was awesome. I read it to my sweet adopted grandchildren, Madi and Hailey. There was so much information regarding Easter traditions. Do you know how Easter baskets began? What a surprise! This began in ancient times with village people bringing their food to church in baskets. They broght the food to be blessed!! Reading to children is enlightening for both the child and the adult!! I care about what I write. Please let me know that what I am writing is making a difference in your life.

  • Mama Lori says:

    Dr. Annie,

    All of your contributions in my life (inside and outside of the blog) make a difference. Your peacefulness, your wisdom and your knowledge are all extremely admirable qualities. (Amongst a million other things!) I just can’t thank you enough for the difference you make in all of our lives. I can look back on any of the blogs you’ve written and find countless numbers of comments from women you’ve touched with your words of inspiration…we love you Dr. Annie!!! Please keep sharing!! We need you!! 🙂

    Love always,

  • Annie Hurt says:

    Thank you, my precious friend and adopted daughter, Lori. We both know how much work it is to create a wonderful blog for all moms. Being a mother is the hardest and yet the most awesome experience in a woman’s life. I think that both of us, being writers and creators want to hear more from the readers. Do whatever you can to promote more reflection and response from readers. I love to write and to assist others, as do you. Maybe we can start a Dr. Annie Column? Love and miss you and your family so much! PS: I think the idea of a regular food section each week would be awesome, especially about both healthy and seasonal food and drink!

  • Mama Lori says:

    Awesome ideas, Dr. Annie!! I’m excited to roll out some new things in the months to come!! Sky’s the limit!!

    By the way, I learned that Easter Eggs were created by King Edward…some of the first 450 (in the year 1290) were even covered with real gold. I also learned that the moment Jesus died on the cross, there was a huge earth quake…what an awesome book! Thank you for sharing!