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The nights are getting colder, it’s getting darker earlier – what better time to snuggle up with a good book? No, not you! How about a captivating story, a snuggle and a chat with your little ones? There’s nothing better to boost literacy, nurture your family connection and foster a love of reading.

 

We spoke with Kirsty Gibbs of Learning Blocks, specialists in school readiness and tutoring programs, from primary to high school.

 

Kirsty suggests sharing stories with your children encourages them to connect with the book, lifts comprehension, and models positive behaviour.

 

“When you read with your child, share your own ideas, feelings and thoughts throughout the story so that your child will see that adults get enjoyment from books,” says Kirsty.

 

“Cuddle up and talk about the book together. Let them know that everyone can have a different reaction and connection with a story. Some we like a lot, and others we don’t, and that’s ok!”

 

Kirsty’s top tips to read together:

  • find a comfy spot to read together
  • look at the front cover and predict what the story might be about
  • retell parts of the story, in the correct sequence
  • draw a picture together of your favourite part of the story
  • stop a story mid-way and have fun creating the ending together

 

Kirsty says, “Keep it simple, make it fun, and do it every night. Children love the routine of a bedtime story so aim to make it a non-negotiable (for you) in your home and something they can look forward to each night.”

 

And if all this literacy lovin’ makes you want to curl up after kids’ bedtime with a cup of tea, a hot read and a little sweet treat, we’ve got just the thing. Check out the May issue of haven, available now.

 

Courtney Robinson

Courtney Robinson  

Courtney Robinson is a Gold Coast mum, passionate foodie, whole foods recipe creator and personal trainer certified in holistic digestive health and nutrition. Follow @athletist_ or visit athletist.com.au for recipes, workout tips and training hacks.