Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Like Music to the Ears

"The ups and downs of our voices and our pauses and points of emphasis are like music, literally, to the ears of young children, and they love music. Simple tunes also make anything easier to remember, so it’s useful to read a book in exactly the same way every time, and to read the same book over and over again. The more quickly children pick up the "tune" of the words, the more they’ll remember the words and the more quickly they’ll have fun trying to ‘read’ the story themselves, with the same expression as we do."

I love this quote from READING MAGIC: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever, by Mem Fox.

Reminds me of the "music" we made when reading On a Wintry Morning (by Germantown author Dori Chaconas) together that day. The audience participation was fabulous! We'll have to read that one again this winter when we reconnect.

Hope everyone is enjoying this snow!


Irene McGoldrick said...

Very cool Molly. You are so on the ball.

Keep me "posted".


Irene McGoldrick said...

Do you have the first date set for Cranky's?

How is the 18th looking for you?