'The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go' Dr Seuss.
When I was a young child my parents would read me stories, and then in high school I was part of a book club. However at the beginning of my GCSE's maybe just before hand my enjoyment of books disappeared. I still enjoy reading books occasionally but different to ones I used to enjoy.
Now however I make sure I always find time to read books to the children. Each evening I read a story as part of the bedtime routine and we will also read books throughout the day if Jack wishes us too. One thing I'm really keen on in the Nursery at the local school to is that even at the young age of 3-4 they encourage reading and have a library day every Tuesday.
Recently award-winning children's book author Janet Ellis hosted a one-off Manchester storytelling workshop at Costa. In response to some research it was revealed that 91% of parents in the area believed that adding theatre to their storytelling is important when reading to children.
The workshop, which took place at the city’s Oxford Road store, saw Janet share hints and tips with parents to help bring children’s stories to life. Children at the event enjoyed complimentary babyccinos whilst Janet talked through storytelling advice for children aged between three and eleven.
The event took place in support of Save The Children’s nationwide Read On. Get On. programme, which aims to ensure that by 2025 every child in the UK is a confident reader by age 11.
Speaking at the event, Janet said, “Read On. Get On. supports a truly worthwhile cause – a lot of parents don’t realise how important reading is for children in order to unlock their full potential It was a pleasure to share some of my hints and tips with the families of Manchester to help them make storytime as engaging as possible.”
Since June 2014, Costa has been supporting Save the Children to train reading volunteers, including Costa’s own employees, to provide one-to-one assistance to primary school children through the charity’s Born to Read programme. Costa’s support is currently helping over 300 children in the UK improve their literacy skills and fulfil their potential through dedicated weekly reading sessions in schools.
When reading books to Jack I always ensure he is looking at the pages with me. I let him help me follow the words and point to different objects on the pages within the pictures.
Families across the country can find out more about the Read On. Get On. programme by visiting www.readongeton.org.uk you can also find lots of useful reading tips on there too.
What stories do you enjoy with your children?