Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Storytimes are Risky Business

With the amount of parenting info in the media and on library shelves it’s no wonder that parents are often paralyzed with indecision when it comes to the emotional, academic and social well-being of their children.

An example of this overwhelming amount of parenting “advice,” reached out from this week’s newspaper and slapped me in the face: “Teaching reading before age 6 increases risk of learning problems.” The author goes on to make the statement that paying attention to women and doing what women tell you to do are the “two skills most essential to early academic achievement.” Your eyebrows are raised right?

His point seems to be that we are trying to pressure our preschoolers to become readers before they’re ready. I agree that this is not only unrealistic but possibly damaging (not to mention frustrating) for both you and your child. However, reading with your children and helping them develop early literacy skills by talking with them, singing to them and playing with them will help prepare them for academic achievement. It’s also fun.

Join us at the library for storytimes starting September 20th…that is if you’re willing to risk it.

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