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Well times have now changed and with the advent of e-readers and growing popularity of ebooks both for children and adults, there have been some changes to most people’s idea of what constitutes story time. Many households still enjoy the benefits of reading to their children; it just now takes the form of being an electronic story instead.
Ebooks now far outsell traditional books; this is progress and whether we agree with it or not, we all have to move with the times and be a part of that progress, as do our children. They are now growing up in a world where computers and everything electronic will be the order of the day, including ebooks and readers that will be a part of normal everyday life to them.
Enjoy your children and their thirst for knowledge by expanding their vocabulary and language skills by reading ebooks to them whenever you can. You will quickly find that they will soon want their own e-reader so that they can build up their own library of ebooks.
The warm and loved feeling remember from my childhood was one which I wanted to recreate in my children and therefore made a decision from early on that I would share the joys of story time with them. There is something very special about lying with your child on their bed and reading a story to them. Very often their heads would nod as they were falling asleep, but as soon as I stopped reading, they would be wide awake again with pleas of ‘What happens next Mommy?’
Reading to your child also shows them the order in which words work, (from left to right for example,) and helps with their counting skills, and also helps their vocabulary immensely. Showing a love of reading to them from an early age also encourages their desire to learn to read for themselves. I myself incorporated stories into their lives from when they were just babies; we would have waterproof books in the bathtub for example, and enjoy picture books together as their chubby fingers would run along the lines underneath the words. And now we too have progressed to the world of e-readers and e-books.
You can play games with your children when reading an ebook to them, just the same as you could do with a traditional paper book. One of the games I used to play was to have counting books, and soon found that they were copying what I was saying when we were counting ‘how many elephants,’ (or whatever.) Almost without realizing it, I had taught them how to count to ten before they even started kindergarten.
Without a doubt I would urge every parent to enjoy these very special story times with your children by encouraging them from an early age to develop a love for a good book; you will quickly discover that they want to read themselves and are intrigued by the prospect. And if these days that happens to be an electronic book on an e-reader, then that is progress, and we all want to encourage our children to be as confident with the use of technology as it is possible to be, considering the times we now live in.
Children’s ebooks have grown enormously in popularity partially due to the fact that parents can now build an extensive e-reading library for their children without spending a large amount of money, and yet still gain the benefits of a very special bonding time.
Most of us remember a time when we were children and our parents would read to us before we nodded off to sleep. For me in particular, that story-time resonates very clearly within my memory and it was a time in which I felt warm, loved and intrigued. I could not wait to discover what was going to happen on the next page and clearly recall the excitement that a good story would bring into my life.