Have all of my Aussie chums remembered that The Reading Hour happens between 6-7 pm tonight? Hurray!!
The Reading Hour's aim is to encourage parents to read to their children for 10 minutes a day or an hour a week. The current belief that this will increase the likelihood that children will themselves become readers, along with all the inherent social and educational benefits that this brings. Most brain development occurs between birth and three years of age, so The Reading Hour aims to have parents read to their children right from birth.
You all know that for me, reading aloud to Jemimah is a passion. There are very few days in Jemimah's life when I have not read to her for an hour or even more. We have always read whenever possible, and our bedtime story time is sacrosanct. Nowadays, Jemimah is quite capable of reading to herself, but we haven't stopped reading together. Sometimes she reads aloud to me; at other times I read books to her. It is one of my very favourite parts of being a Mummy, and through it I think we have formed a very strong bond and many lovely family memories. All those books have the added advantage of increasing Jemimah's comprehension, grammar and vocabulary as well as making her into a reader herself, but for us these are incidental to the fact that we just love to read great books. If it has benefits for her future then all the better.
Tonight between 6 and 7 pm we'll be reading Rudyard Kipling's Kim. It's actually a school book, but it is a story that we are both enjoying very much, so that's what we've chosen. We have a lovely box of doughnuts, which Jemimah tells me that she will have to eat because I will be reading. I think I shall have words about that. I dare say they'll play havoc with dinner, but hey, The Reading Hour only happens once a year.
What are your plans for tonight? Are any of you joining us? What books have you chosen to read? Will you be eating doughnuts too? Come share your plans with me. We'll be right with you in spirit. What colour icing is your favourite? We'll save a doughnut or two for you.