Children who are just learning to read are eager to practice their skills. They are looking for an audience! While kids can read to anyone or anything (think fave stuffed animal or family pet), they LOVE to read to their parents, grandparents, and caregivers.
What better reading material for a new reader is there than a Bible for beginning readers? Listening to a child read Bible stories has many benefits. Here are three biggies.
- Children learn from reading the same story again and again. It boosts confidence and increases fluency (the smoothness of their reading).
- They learn from exposure to the same story. (If she reads/hears material repeatedly, she is more likely to remember the message.)
- Children learn to come back to God's Word in times of joy and times of sorrow. By listening to a young reader, you are telling her that she is important AND that she is reading a Book of great, great value.
Guess what? It is not only the beginning readers who are looking for an audience. The tween crowd (ages 9-12) enjoy the challenge of finding a particular Scripture passage and soak up that attention from Mom or Dad, too.
Blessings on your reading time with the young Bible readers in your care!
Notes from Carol
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