Help me to read, tell me a story!

HELP

HELP (Photo credit: marc falardeau)

Both my parents were teachers prior to retiring. My mother has been teaching first grade for quite a while She was the one by whom many children learned to read in our small town. When I was young, I heard all sort of stories about children learning to read.

Then I grew up and had children myself. One of the very first gift, my mother offered to my kids was a book. The babies weren’t even able to sit by themselves but they were looking at books while their grand-mother was telling them stories.

If you’ve been reading my previous posts, you know that I do absolutely love books myself. However, from time to time, while watching my mother tell stories to my baby daughter I was thinking: “Does she really understand what the book was about?”

Now my daughter grew as well, she is at school and has became a passionate reader. When we go to the library, she takes the maximum number of books possible (that’s 15!) and she read them all in less then 2 days over the week-end!

After watching my daughter read her books and be so passionate about them, I now know for sure that, when her grand-mother was telling her stories, my daughter understood what books were all about! It is now my turn to read stories to my younger boy, knowing that this can certainly make a huge difference in his life.

Reading to children all around the world is the best gift we can offer them. It will last for their whole life. Let’s together give them away more than 1 million of those gifts!

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Are you a Story Ambassador?

You + Me = We

You + Me = We (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

Are you in fact a Story Ambassador ignoring himself? If you are a parent telling stories to your children from time to time, your are, in a sense, a Story Ambassador. You may not have read 1 million stories yet, but you are already bringing happiness in the life of your children. You are already creating this very special moment with your little one which he will remember for the rest of his life. In short, you are already giving them the best gift a parent can give to his child: the interest in books and eventually, the desire to learn how to read by himself.

As elifesmeaning wrote so well : You are a Storyteller… how about becoming a Story Ambassador? The line between the two maybe thinner than you may think…