Families and reading

On the 15th May it is the UN’s international day of families. Families play a vital role in the education of their children. Families are the first educators of their children and it is within the family group where the love of literacy can blossom.

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Reading is a gateway to imagination, being literate and developing empathy. If you can take the time to read as a family then these skills are being embedded into your child and also reinforced within yourself. Reading as a family gives you time to be close together and to discuss things that aren’t happening in your daily lives (imagine talking about dragons, talking trees and magical stones!)  

Show your children that reading is a pleasurable activity, show them how important searching a  library for the perfect book is. There are no bad authors or books, you just need to take the time to find the books that suit you or perhaps open your mind to new ideas.

As a family take the time to visit your local library, the school library or even the online library catalogue. Borrow some loved books and books that will stretch your mind. Read together or read apart and then discuss what you have read. Reading is the key.

As Albert Einstein once said: “If you want your child to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairytales”

2017 is International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

Books make links to issues that are larger to understand for small people.

There are some wonderful books that support these big ideas so go to your local library 

The key areas the UN will be focusing on are:

(1)     Inclusive and sustainable economic growth

Ada’s Violin by Susan Hood
(2)     Social inclusiveness, employment and poverty reduction Schuumann the Shoeman by John Danalis 
(3)     Resource efficiency, environmental protection and climate change On the River by Ronald Harvey  

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(4)     Cultural values, diversity and heritage Amelia Ellicott’s Garden by Liliana Stafford
(5)     Mutual understanding, peace and security Blue Sky, Yellow Kite by Janet  A Holmes

(post coming soon!)