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Reading, Writing, and Children’s Personalized E Stories

Reading, Writing, and Children’s Personalized E Stories

Reading, Writing, and Children's Personalized E Stories
Reading, Writing, and Children’s Personalized E Stories

During the different phases of my life, I have always been amazed at the positive influence of reading and writing

on our children. As a former educator, the benefits of exposure to reading at home have become apparent to me.

Everyone can easily appreciate the strong foundation of learning created by reading to preschool children. Speech

recognition, comprehension skills, and listening skills are all fostered through the parent-child reading experience.

Educators who have studied the subject agree that a link is evident between academic success and exposure to

reading at a young age. I attended rehearsals to support this in my classroom days. I have observed the greatest

benefits of reading at preschool age, however, through my experiences as a parent of four children and a father of

one. The biggest advantage of reading in kindergarten is in the experience itself. It comes from the cuddle, the

Reading, Writing, and Children’s Personalized E Stories

Reading, Writing, and Children's Personalized E Stories
Reading, Writing, and Children’s Personalized E Stories

closeness and the joy of the moment. If you are a parent, you understand this feeling. If you’re not a parent, reflect for

a moment on your childhood memories of reading with your parents. I don’t have to say another word to convince

you of the importance of reading for preschoolers. During the kindergarten years, children may be asked to read the

same book over and over again. My three-year-old son asked for the same book at least three times a day for some time. I’m sure there are parents out there who can refer to that experience. Maybe even a parent or two could count

on my thinking that this story might become a little boring! My son liked it for a particularly funny phrase that reads

And there in the woods a big wig was standing with a ring at the end of its nose – with a ring at the end of its

nose! My three-year-old daughter was so proud when she was able to back up the reading situation and read a book

for me! At 3 years old, he didn’t recognize every word. He memorized it from the so frequent reading of the

Reading, Writing, and Children’s Personalized E Stories

Reading, Writing, and Children's Personalized E Stories
Reading, Writing, and Children’s Personalized E Stories

story. At this time, reading had not provided him with word recognition skills. I felt, however, that I had already

provided him with confidence and self-esteem. He was so proud of his successes! She continued to excel in public

speaking during her school years and grew into a very confident young lady. I know that many factors are at play in a

child’s development. I give a lot of credit, however, to those reading experiences and the subsequent self-esteem I

fostered in it. Sometimes, our reading experiences with our children don’t even involve books. You can “read” a child

a story from the script in your mind. Think about it for a moment! Isn’t there a touch of writing in us all? Don’t we all

have a living fantasy? How many of us have newspapers? How many participate in online forums? My middle son

preferred stories over imagination without printed text. He preferred for me to invent my own stories. No, that didn’t

give him word recognition skills. However, it also provided the precious reading “experience”.Moreover, he rejects

Reading, Writing, and Children’s Personalized E Stories

Reading, Writing, and Children's Personalized E Stories
Reading, Writing, and Children’s Personalized E Stories

the abstract idea of authorship and puts it in a more tangible realm. If Mom can write in her mind, then so can I! My

youngest son developed a passion for writing and wrote a whole piece while he was in high school. Reading and

writing are intertwined as a single entity. One skill favors the other! The love of one supports the love of the

other! Most children love books when they have the opportunity to explore. Previously, I was a representative for

Discovery Toys. I organized playgroups for the kids. The children gravitate towards the books. At times, a bright

cover or an interesting feature attracted them to a book. Yet it was the joy of reading that would finally keep her

interested. As a grandfather, I continued to create stories for my nephew. I could not read with him very often in

person because I lived in another province. I decided to send him stories by e-mail – complete with graphics and

Reading, Writing, and Children’s Personalized E Stories

animation. The feedback I received is that they provided a lot of pleasure. The fun was mutual! This was the

inspiration for an exciting feat. Instead of providing stories just to my family, I could extend my enjoyment and create

stories for others. Not to mention the lack of access to children’s stories, so I decided to take a fresh look at children’s

stories – unique personalized stories for children! Custom stories are thought to be a self-esteem enhancer. Some

custom stories on the market contain only the child’s name. (Or the names of his friends).

Yet children still learn to recognize their names.

Reading, Writing, and Children's Personalized E Stories
Reading, Writing, and Children’s Personalized E Stories

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