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a gift

“Reading aloud stamps the seal of the extraordinary on a day rushing by like any other.”  Educator/author Pam Allyn

I so love that thought … I just have to repeat it – “Reading aloud stamps the seal of the extraordinary on a day rushing by like any other.”

What more can we ask for?  How simple can it get?  Isn’t that so positively hopeful?

For even though we may find ourselves rushing and separated and anxious and consumed by the business and demands of everyday life, we have this gift to reclaim the connection, the ‘being with’ our child –  through reading aloud together.

And it doesn’t have to end when a child begins to read independently.  For a child’s reading level and his listening level are quite different.   And when we read together, what happens?  The child who seldom sits in your lap anymore begins to lean on in to you as you read.  And there’s an exchange that opens up, an insight, an understanding between you – even if unspoken.

Reading as part of a family’s nightly routine saves an ordinary day, filled with perhaps too much clutter, and slows everyone down, benefits all, with the wisdom and the wonder of words read aloud.

Extraordinary!

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