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Do You Read to Your Kids – or Did Your Parents Read to You?


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If you’re a parent and you’re not reading to your child – start. Literacy is extremely important in the intellectual development of a child. What if you’re looking for a true interactive experience? Have no fear – there’s a website that provides everything you could ask for. Speakaboos is a site full of children’s stories where old favorite characters are given new life using celebrity performances, gorgeous illustrations and original music.

This is a very playful and colorful site. That’s what you can do here – play! You’re not playing games, you’re playing around with books and stories! The books are recorded by famous people. You can even record yourself reading a story, and upload it.

The site is free, you just need to register. You might remember some of the characters, but sadly Curious George isn’t there yet. You can find the Pied Piper and Tom Thumb even! Circling back to being able to record your own voice and upload it – how amazing is it that you can have your own voice uploaded to the site to make use of the graphics, music and more!?

If you’re an adult and have a child, do yourself a favor – read to them. It’s extremely important. A lot of my successes in my adult life can be attributed to my parents reading to me and encouraging me through the years.

Until about a year ago, I just ASSUMED that every parent did this. I have recently discovered that it is not so, and I don’t get it. My parents read to me, I read to my daughter, etc. It must be another one of those family traditions that some families have and others don’t. You would think that after all the research recently that points to how this affects a child’s love of books/reading/learning that most parent’s would FIND THE TIME to do this. It only takes maybe 15 mins-half an hour a night to do it, and it adds so much! It’s more than worth the investment… – Danielle Closs

The sad thing is that I don’t think my brother in law and sister in law do this with my nephew, and he would love it, I’m sure! – Danielle Closs

Yup. Every night for at least a half hour. She loves it. And my folks read to me too. My Dad read me books in a series like Swallows and Amazons so that I’d be excited about the next chapter and then the next book… – Abby Martin

both 🙂 – silpol

I download podcasts that I play for my daughter every evening. Sometimes I read to her, but she likes it more when I play puppet theatre for her. – Baard Overgaard Hansen

I’m with Danielle – I assumed that everyone does this, though I guess sadly there are plenty of kids who don’t get enough reading. My kids are 5 and 2, and have been read to all the time since they were old enough to focus their eyes on a board book. I read to my 5 year old from my Kindle – we’ve gone through several Beverly Cleary books, and we’re starting on the Chronicles of Narnia, now that they’re available on Kindle. She LOVES it, and it’s really fun, special time we get to share. READ TO YOUR KIDS! – Josh Bancroft

And for background, my mom read to me all the time. I remember "reading" books on my own when I was about 3, and by the time I was 8 or 9, I was reading her hand-me-down Stephen King novels and the like. 🙂 She turned me into a voracious reader, and that was a HUGE shaping influence in my life. I want to do the same for my kids, more than anything. – Josh Bancroft

Yes to both. Like my parents, I also read to my kids in English and Spanish. My husband reads to the kids everyday too. I don’t stick to kid book though. For example, I’m reading Foundation to my children right now. I also read to them whatever book I’m reading atm. – Anika Malone

Yes, my parents read to me. Then I read books on my own at an early age. – Morton Fox

Yep, my mom read to me constantly, for years after I could read on my own. We both enjoyed it. And I grew up to get graduate degrees in English lit. 🙂 I don’t have kids yet, but I definitely plan to read to them when I do. And @Abby, we LOVED the Swallows and Amazons series. – Jandy Stone

I’m very glad my parents read to me. – l0ckergn0me

Nope. My parents never read to me, but I loved it when my teachers did. I also called the library a lot for dial-a-story. I don’t read much at all these days. I’d have to say the main activities that jump started my reading/writing ability was computer magazines and BBS’s. I was very proactive in those areas. – Rodfather

 
 

MacSnapOn: Well, since @levarburton stopped doing Reading Rainbow, I&#39ve been reading to my wife.

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Earthserpent89: my parents bought me virtually every dr. suess book in existence! and thats mostly how i learned to read.

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problemchild88: i read to my parents!!!!!!!

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stewartj: Thanks for the Speakaboo review. Signing up to use w/ elem students

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jbsanno: My parents read to me, and I&#39ve been a constant reader my whole life. Yay to free ebooks from Google!

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JasLucien: Yes, and I was reading by age 3.

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Susan_SwanJames: thx for this. yes and yes! our daughter was in speech therapy. reading helped enormously. now she talks like a machine gun!

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briantuttle: we read 3 stories every night to our girls – reading was very big in my house growing up.

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BayouBengal56: Yeah my mom read to me several times a week as a kid and dad would read the Sunday comics to me. I&#39ll do the same one day.

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SolSolutions: Thanks for sharing. A great resource, my 6 year old loves reading and doing things on the laptop.

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unmuse: my dad read to me every night and I still read every night before going to sleep.

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Tofur: My grandmother read to me and my wife reads to our kids. I am horrible at doing that thing. I&#39d rather teach them computers.

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vertimyst: Did you make your avatar transparent, or change the background color?

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Julie_1976: I was read to as a kid and I read to my now 10 yo daughter. Still do on occasion. Sad that she has outgrown that.

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sloanb: Yes and yes.. I feel its very important to do so.

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OKC_Casey: thats great, the video isn&#39t available yet. *taps fingers*

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rbruner: I read to my kids as often as I can. My son&#39s kindergarten teacher says its EXTRA importanto for Fathers to read to sons

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theresemiu: I read to my 2 yr old and we all read together as a family 🙂

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PeteWalker74: Yes, and yes.

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