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Reading To Your Child

It cannot be over stated that reading to children from the time they are born gives them an early and needed start to a successful and meaningful life.

Reading to your child is simple and all it takes is for a parent to decide to dedicate at least twenty minutes a day and read aloud to the child.  You do not need to be the best reader and you do not need to be a scholar.  You just need to read to your child.

Children whose parents read with them learn to read early and well….. It is that simple!  Reading to your child from birth literally wires brain cells together in networks that later facilitate independent reading.  Brain research shows that those linked brain cells enable a child to:

  • Detect the different sounds in words (phonemic awareness)

  • Recognize letters and develop strategies to figure out new words (decoding)

  • Develop real-world understanding of what the words refer to (create contexts for understanding meaning)

  • Build an oral and listening vocabulary (approximately 5,000 words by kindergarten)

Reading together every day builds strong minds and strong relationships. Your child, snuggling in your lap, and enjoying your attention and laughter, is learning to love reading.   As long as it is a happy experience there is no wrong way to read together.  

Reading aloud is practically free, you can do it anywhere, and children often beg for "just one more" story.   Even parents who are not fluent readers can provide a good experience for their children by telling stories from their lives, from their imaginations, or from picture books.

Children who read succeed, in school and in life.   The simple act of enjoying books together every day from birth through elementary school establishes essential reading skills while building warm relationships. 

The reading skills you nurture in your child are priceless and you would be largely rewarded as the child succeeds in life.

Reading books remains one of the best ways to engage with the world, become a better person and understand life’s questions, big and small.

An amazing an inspiring article from the Wall Street Journal that gives a good reason to read  
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Book Stores 

A & B Music Supplies Ltd


Texl 430-1100

Book Den South


Tel 430-3538

Book Place The


Tel 622 1374

Brydens Retail

Victoria Street, Bridgetown

Tel 431-2648

Sky Mall, Haggatt Hall

Tel 435- 6944

Christian Literature Crusade

St. Michael Row

Tel 622-5630

Hincks Street, Bridgetown

Tel 426-2662

Days Book Store

Independence Square, Bridgetown

Tel 426-9887

First Page Bookstore


Tel 422-3111

Metropolitan Book Shop Co Ltd

Roebuck Street

Tel 436-0178

Pages Book Store

Cave Shepherd, Bridgetown

Tel 629-4400

Canary Lane Shopping Mall, Bridgetown

Tel 228-4775

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Things To do To Encourage Reading

  • Sing songs, recite poetry and do finger plays to help develop language and listening skills.

  • Play word games and do puzzles together. These activities provide wonderful opportunities to build vocabulary.

  • Give books, word games, flash cards and magazines as rewards, gifts for birthdays, Christmas, graduations  and other special occasions.

  • Take children to the library when you do not have to rush. Let them see you enjoy browsing through books.

  • Let children see you reading and enjoying books. When you're together, read aloud the words on signs, menus and captions under an interesting photograph in a magazine or  newspaper.

  • Share stories, poems and songs from your family's cultural heritage and make it fun.

  • Chant nursery rhymes  and act them out

  • Read books on topics of interest to children from the daily newspaper.

  • Play together with magnetic letters on the refrigerator

  • Create a tradition of retelling special experiences in your family,  about how you lived or how your parents lived.

  • Make it a habit to read the newspaper every day in front of them and share the information with them. 

  • ​Use the computer and internet for reading news and books on line.

  • While driving in the car, play children songs and sing along with the children.  Get them in the habit of listening to the news on the radio and follow up by reading it in the newspaper.

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