Reading is so important to a child

Readding to a child - Lee and Matt
United States
March 18, 2007 2:55pm CST
when they are small do you make up stories in a book just to keep the child interested? I do I put their name and place they live in the book.
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@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
19 Mar 07
I do also for my nice. I actully wrote a story about my neice and my best friends 2 boys. I thought it was fun to do and i wrote it in Gather awhile back.
@maximax8 (27334)
• United Kingdom
18 Mar 07
I am a primary school teacher. I would say that by making up stories for children it interests them. It makes them more imaginative. It gives them some wonder. It can fulfil some of their dreams. When they are older they will be more ready to learn to read and write. I ilke every child to develop a love of books and reading.
@kattghoti (106)
• United States
18 Mar 07
When I was young, my mom would always read to me. Sometimes when my mom was gone, my dad would read to me, but he would be silly and do things like read the book backwards. It wasn't until very recently that I realized he did it because he's dyslexic and had such a hard time reading out loud to me. Just makes me appreciate my dad that much more--he knew how important it was to even simulate reading that he would go through it just to make me happy.
18 Mar 07
I have made books with my children and they have really enjoyed it. Sometimes they are about them and sometimes they make up stories about other people.
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@bgerig (1259)
• United States
18 Mar 07
I agree completely. it i a calming affect....and it is teaching a skill which can be practiced throughout life.
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• United States
22 Mar 07
I'm not good at making up stories that are for children, but I think you have a good idea. Reading is definitely important, I read to my little brothers. I think teaching a child top love books instills in them a lifelong love for learning and reading. More people need to read to their kids.
@flickz (627)
• Malaysia
22 Mar 07
yes , i agree with u. from this age their must love book.. so they can have more knowledge in this age.. beseide that their parent must teach their child
@Munira (484)
• United States
22 Mar 07
That's a good idea. I have always used different voice pitches and body language to make stories interesting. But, whatever works.
@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
22 Mar 07
No not really, I read the actual book to them, and if they lose interest, then I choose another one. Actually I ask my son to choose the books he wants me to read to him and if he isn't paying attention then I stop reading it until he does. If he doesn't feel like a book then we turn of all the lights, he switches on his torch and then I make up a story and then it is his turn to do the same.
@loved1 (5338)
• United States
22 Mar 07
That is a fantastic idea! I read to the children all the time. I probably have well over a thousand books in my house. I have read to my kids since they were tiny babies. I taught my husband he could read anything to the baby, even popular mechanics if he wanted, as long as he made it sound like he was reading Dr.Seuss. I also teach my 3-4 year olds (who don't yet know how to read) that they can "read" to the younger kids by making up a story to go along with the picture. That really gets their imagination going.
@santuccie (3375)
• United States
19 Mar 07
That is a novel idea! I might have to swipe that one from you. :)
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
19 Mar 07
sometimes, but always I put a lot of voice and facial expressions into my reading to them, and ask questions as we go along - discussing what we have read and what we think might happen, I like to build suspense. This was difficult with my first child because he hated stories... he all the time just wanted the encyclopedia read to him. Now he enjoys stories, but only factual ones, historically accurate tales - he thinks fables are useless. *shrug*
@charms88 (7545)
• Philippines
19 Mar 07
i do carolee. Everytime I purchase a new book for my girls, I make sure to put on their names and the date. There are so many books piling up in my house that I was force to buy a cabinet just for their books only. Reading does wonder for our children. It helps to stimulate their brain and encourage them to use their imagination more.
@Pigglies (9340)
• United States
19 Mar 07
I don't change anything because I don't want to confuse children. I mean, I try not to change anything. Sometimes my mind changes it for me, and then the children will catch my mistakes and I'll know they're learning.