Today I want to talk to you about reading I love to read, and I love reading with my children. It is a very special time when we normally cuddle up in my bed together and most of the time they read to me but sometimes I read to them.
It has been widely commented on in the media recently how children are spending much more time on electronic gadgets and less time reading and specialists are linking this to children becoming less competent at spelling and grammar.
Most children are doing some form of graded reading system at school, where they will read a book and need to have a certain understanding of the book before they can move on to the next one. Which is great because any reading is good for them but I have found with my children the real learning and understanding that they have got from books is the ones they read for pleasure, that interest them and they really take in.
My eldest is not a big reader and never has been but he reads books about his favourite football team and his big passion is sport so he reads biographies of sports people. He is currently trying to learn about American Football (he loves the San Francisco 49ers) so he is reading rule books about that.
My thirteen year old is a big reader, and likes a wide variety of different books he is currently reading a series of books by Megan Rix about dogs during t he war.
Whilst, he likes to lie in his bed and read his books, he will still come and tell me what the book is about and the parts that he likes and why. He will also call his nan and tell her about them as she is a dog lover and then lend them to her. It is nice for both her and myself to have that quality time just chatting with him.
My nine year old daughter is also an avid reader and her and I will often take it in turns to read a chapter to each other, she is currently reading Sapphire Battersea by Jacqueline Wilson this is the second book in the Hetty Feather series and I would highly recommend this for girls of a similar age.
I like the way Jacqueline Wilson touches on some of life's issues in a delicate manner making a young child think about these things without worrying about them.
My eight year old like most eight year old boys is a beast quest fan and again sometimes I read to him and sometimes he reads to me. But the thing I like most about reading with both him and his younger brother is the quiet time that we have before bedtime where they both get to calm down and have a cuddle before they go off to bed and I certainly want to make the most of this time.
My youngest is becoming a bit of a spy dogs fan, so that is what we are reading together at the moment.
Our favourite book when they were younger and I still read occasionally is we're going on a bear hunt. Love this book!
There are set things that I buy my children for Christmas each year and that's something to wear which are normally comfortable pyjamas, dressing gown and slippers, something to read, which is normally a book they are really into or a box set of books they are into and then finally something they really want.
They love that they are going to get these items every year and they normally have a pyjama day on boxing day and they lay on the sofa reading their books.
Do you love books? Do you read with your children? What are you reading at the moment? I would love to know.
Have a lovely evening