Do you read to your children???

United States
July 13, 2007 2:27am CST
I often read to my 5 year old son....his Grandma read to him almost everyday...he loves to be read to...he has completely memorized entire books and "reads" them to me...it is so cute... He will be starting kindergarten this fall and already has a strong desire to read...I think that us reading to him has helped to develop this desire in him.... Now my grandchildren are old enough to read to him and he seems to enjoy this too....I can see when they read to him that he wants to be able to do this himself.... I can see him reading very early...we are already doing words by recognition...like: at, the, and, are, big, & and....he can pick these words out in any form of publication.... Do you read to your children? Were you read to when you were little? Did it make you want to be able to read sooner?
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@aprilgrl (4460)
• United States
14 Jul 07
Whn my daughter was younger I read to her before bedtime. She has so many books and her room is like a library. Sometimes during the day I would read to her when there is nothing to do.Now she is all grown and having her baby in October so I will be reading to him when he comes to visit.
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• United States
14 Jul 07
Congratulations on the impending birth of your grandson....I know that he will spend hours enjoying all of the books his mother enjoyed when she was little... That is beautiful...it made me feel all warm just thinking about that.... Thank you for sharing this small glimpse into your life with us....I appreciate it...
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@aprilgrl (4460)
• United States
14 Jul 07
Thanks, I only have one daughter and hope she can give me more grandkids. I'll let you know when he arrives in October.(the due date is the 5th)
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@34momma (13896)
• United States
13 Jul 07
i am don't read to my little one like i should. i read to her alot when she was a baby, but i know that now that she is almost three i should read to her more often. thanks tina for putting that idea back into my head. i am going to make sure that i read to my little one every nite from now on. i know that it is so important for me to do that. i love books so much and would love if she found that love of books as well.
• United States
14 Jul 07
You are welcome....I really believe that it helps the little ones in a number of ways....it helps them learn how words sound when spoken properly....it expands their imagination....it teaches them that you have a love of reading and they often want to be like us.... I am glad that I could put the idea back into your mind... Happy reading, my friend....your darling daughter will love it....
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@34momma (13896)
• United States
14 Jul 07
oh i know that is right for sure. it is just being so busy you do forget about the little important things like reading to your children
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• India
14 Jul 07
I have 4year old son .We both enjoy our reading time.he cannot read it himself.I read books to him and its amazing the way he grabs the whole book.He always look forward to...............and he comes to know of so many new words.
• United States
14 Jul 07
Shweta, please let me takethis opportunity to welcome you to myLot, it is a great community to seek advice, make new friends, share your experiences and make some money...I hope that you enjoy the time that you spend here... I have always read to my children...3 of which are grown now and have children of their own....my 5 yr. old has a strong desire to read and seems to pick up new words every day that he recognizes... Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts with me...
@wiccania (3360)
• United States
14 Jul 07
I read to my son all the time. He's 5, and he's memorized his favorite books. Yesterday on the way to the grocery store he recited Green Eggs and Ham, which was really cute. He loves to be read to, and I love doing it. He seems to have a genuine desire to learn to read. Even if he's not being read to or in the mood to be read to, he'll often flip through his books and study the pages intently.
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• United States
14 Jul 07
My son is 5 and he does that too...it is intriguing to watch this behavior....he sometimes grabs my books (without pictures) and does the same thing...LOL Thanks so much for sharing with me...
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
14 Jul 07
I have always read to mine. The older three were all reading by or within the first few months of kindergarten. My oldest son didn't start school until he was six (today is his 9th b-day!) but he was reading for several months already. My youngest daughter started school when she was barely 5 but eevn she was reading by the end of October that year. My oldest daughter has a December birthday so she was almost 6 when she started school but she was starting to read the summer before school. My four year old is interested but isn't there yet. He mostly will just memorize the story which is a good start but makes it hard to tell what words he might be actually reading and what ones he just remembers are supposed to be there. I remember being read to alot. I don't know when I started reading on my own but I'm pretty sure I was unusually young at the time. My mom still tells about how when I was three I came down and asked her to come to my room and look at my ABC blocks. I had spelled out my name. I then proceeded to spell out everything else she asked me to.
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• United States
14 Jul 07
Hello, my friend....It really does seem to make a huge difference when a child is read to when they are young...I knew that you would be one of the mothers who does this....as we, do many things in similar ways.... It does make it difficult to tell what words they know when so many times we are reaing the same books over and over...my little guy memorizes so easily...I think that may benefit him to some extent but I also worry that it may hinder him somehow too... We go to the library and that seems to slow down some of the memorization...LOL Thanks, my friend...
@HighReed1 (1126)
• United States
14 Jul 07
I don't remember if I was read to. I read to my kids starting when they were old enough to lay by themselves. They would memorize the books, too. We would read 'Where The Wild Things Are' and do sound effects with it. They LOVED it! I think it helps give them a love of reading. I have one son that would camp out in the bathroom just so he could read in peace.
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• United States
14 Jul 07
I remember 'Where the Wild Things Are'....I recommended it to my grandson and he loves that book now...I can remember reading it when I was a girl...lol The bathroom is a perfect place to read for privacy...so I can understand your son's logic here... Thanks so much for sharing with me...
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@leeesa (885)
• United States
13 Jul 07
I can't remember being read to when I was a kid. I've been reading to my 5 year old since she was a baby. By age 4, she was reading to me. She starts kindergarten this fall too. She was tested at reading at 2nd grade level already. All that was just from reading to her and keeping her interested in it.
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• United States
14 Jul 07
I think that is absolutely wonderful....I am so glad that reading has been so beneficial fot her... I am sure that you are very proud of her.... Thanks so much for sharing with me....
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• United States
13 Jul 07
I have read toi Skylar since he was in my tummy lol..i read whenever he asks which is maybe 5 or 6 times a day..then always before night..and i try and make it fun with sound effects and different voices...lol lol..he loves 3 little pigs..i become the wolf and pigs and knock on the walls..i act it out as much as i can,,lol..he giggles and giggles! hes 5 as well..just turned on June 24,and hes reading awesome as well..he has gone to school since he was 3..and hes always been ahead of his class ..last year they wanted to skip him..but i said no..he needs to be with kids his age now..maybe down the road..And yes i was read to as well when i was little..it was the best time of the day..which was night before bed.,,and yes it made me want to read earlier..and i did..:)
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• United States
14 Jul 07
Cloud_kicker...thanks so much....we have educated our 5year old up to this point at home and he will begin kindergaten this fall...he has mastered 90% on the skills that they say he will complete upon graduation to the first grade and is reading a 1st grade level or above.... He is anxious to start school...which begins here on August 20th....we have already bought all of his supplies... I remeber the times when my Mom read to me when I was little and have slways read to my children...now my grandcildren are reading to my son and to me....I love every minute of it....I have taken them to the library many times and they enjoy reading.... Thanks so much for sharing with me.....Skylar is a very nice name....I have not heard it much either....
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@Calais (10900)
• Australia
13 Jul 07
Most definantly, at least one book everyday, I started reading when I was pregnant too. and never stopped, the more you read the better even if they dont understand, they get to know sounds.
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• United States
14 Jul 07
I agree...I have seen evidence of this as well... I feel that it is one of the important things that we share together every day....my son looks forward to it...and now some of my grandchildren are old enough to also read with him....it is especialy fun to watch... Thanks for sharing your thoughts with me....
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• Philippines
13 Jul 07
I read to my baby while she was still in my tummy. I also read to her when she was still a newborn and infant. Now that she is a toddler, I still read to her and she likes to read with me. She loves books. She learned how to speak at one and a half and I think it is because she is familiar with words already because I speak to her like an adult in complete sentences and I read to her a lot. I think my duahgter recognizes the words now at 1 year and 11 months because when she saw a neon sign that reads Lucille, she was trying to read it but ended up with her name, Lexi. Nice try but I'm happy she is trying and got the 1st letter correct. :)
• United States
14 Jul 07
That is wonderful...we never baby-talked our 5 yr. old...and he has an amazing voabulary and great sentece structure....he talked clearly very early too...he has a great love of books and reading...his memory is highly accurate as well... Sounds like you are doing an amazing job....encouragement works wonders...they truly are like a little sponge at that age...the whole world is new and exciting to them.... Thanks so much for sharing with me..
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@Marie2473 (8521)
• Sweden
13 Jul 07
I do not have any kids, but I will definately read to them when I get some =) I think it is an important thing to do - to get children interested to it. I started to read by myself before i turned 6.. small books but still my mom taught me before i started school just because I just wanted to learn so badly... =) Still today, I love reading and I do it as often as I can.
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• United States
14 Jul 07
That is the way my 5 year old is...his desire to read is strong and it surprises me how fast he can memorize his books...we frequently have to buy new ones so he can hear something new....LOL I love to read....and I know that he will too....he already has quite a group of words that her recognizes on sight....
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• United States
14 Jul 07
My mom always read to me. It was the highlight of the day. I started reading to my baby when he was still safe inside of me. What I would do is read aloud when I was pregnant. I read kids stories and other type of stories. Than when he was born I would hold him and read to him and as he got older I continued the practice. It not only helped us to bond but I believe he grew accustomed to the love of reading by me doing this.
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• United States
14 Jul 07
I do think that our children benefit greatly from being read to ....I instills a love of reading and seems to give them a head start on vocubulary.... Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts with me..
@magnet (2087)
• United States
14 Jul 07
We often read to our children both 1 and 5 years old. They love books so much. Our son who is 5 loves books better than tv. We often go to the library. I read about 20 books a day to him throughout the day and in between he will go to his room and sometimes pick up a book and read it instead of playing with his toys. When I ask him what do you want for Christmas or his birthday he will say books.Our 1 year old wakes up at 7 am and sticks a book in my face while I am asleep and say read mommy.
• United States
14 Jul 07
I could not even begin to tell you how many times I have been hit in the head with books while I was sleeping over my 30 years of motherhood....then add 7 grandchildren on top of that and it is a wonder I do not have a permananet dent....LOL I think that I have read some of these books literally thousands of times... Thanks so much for sharing with me, Magnet...and thanks for reqesting to be added to my friend's list...I have happily approved your request...I look forward to getttng to know you through our discussions and responses....
@Carrie26 (1587)
• United States
14 Jul 07
I loved to read when I was little and still do.When I was younger my mom would take me to the library to get some books to check out to read.My son loves to read.I read to him and read to him before he goese to bed.As well as to my duaghter but she likes to turn the pages right now and look at pictures.
• United States
14 Jul 07
we have been going to the librar now for about 2 1/2 years with our 5 year old...we wanted to instill in him a desire to read...plus to teach him to have a respect for the books and to treat them kindly... It is so funny when he tells me to be quiet because we are in the "library"... Thanks for sharing with me...
• United States
14 Jul 07
my kids are 10 and 12 and they both love to read. in fact for my youngest childs birthday when i asked what she wanted she said she wanted the whole magic tree house series. that is like 100 books lol. when they were little i read to them every night and alot during the day too. i started reading to them when they were about 6 months old. they both love reading and always have. i think that is because they have always had books to read, play with, and i have read to them. when they were really small i bought them books that i kept in the living room that were nice and then i got old books, plastic books etc for there room. i let them play with them tear them, color them etc. yes i told them not to do those things but they never got in truoble just talked to . i never wanted them to think books were something that had to be done and that were broing etc. they use to build houses out of them lol. i started teaching them to read when they were about 3 years old. they have always loved it. they also see me read alot too i think that helps. that and my oldest likes harry potter, vc andrews etc and i read those too so we can talk about them and she loves that. my youngest reads magic tree house, nacy drew, blackstalion etc and i have read alot of those so we talk. i think that helps as well makes them feel big. lol
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@gabs8513 (48717)
• United Kingdom
19 Jul 07
No I wasn't read to But I learned to read from an early age and I always loved reading and I still do now. My Grandmother always bought me Books for Birthdays and Christmas and she would buy me a lot of books, as they where all Series ones I still love my reading now I used to read to my Children but not that often as they lost Interest after a while lol both of them are not readers lol
@cmsk2005 (1770)
• United States
18 Jul 07
well i like to read books to children and specially strory books and they like it so much... i enjoy the same and i love to see their smile.. and effort to try to read with me..
@dopey22girl (3326)
• United States
15 Jul 07
It is very important to read to children from the moment they are inside the womb. It has been proven to help them, and I want my child to enjoy reading as much as I do! It will help them become a more intelligent individual. Whenever I have kids I will read to them all the time.
@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
14 Jul 07
This is strange, for some reason i am not getting all your posts and a few other friends. I may have to recheck the notify buttons. I read to my son all the time, pretty much every night and on occasion during the day. He loves me reading and especially if there are activities to go with the reading. He is starting to recognise a few words and gives up easily when he does not get it on the first go. He is such a perfectionist that if he doesn't get it write, he thinks he's no good! You know he tries so hard to get it right and I encourage him all the time and tell him its OK if he doesn't get it on the first go. Sometimes I wonder maybe its me and the way I am teaching him. I actually like it when he tells me the story by looking at the pictures and making it up as he goes. That a alot of fun. Last night we played "go fish" instead of reading, and the cards are alphabet cards with animal pictures. I had him say each letter our loud and the animal too. We had so much fun that we drew the first game and then he beat me the second time (I'm sure he was peeping at my cards LOL). By then it was getting late so we stopped and sat in bed talking about the different animals and so on. I enjoy it just as much as he does when he talks about the books and games we have just read or played. I don't remember at all being read to. I didn't particular read books when I was younger, but did when I started working. I love reading and my son does too.