School Board Member Lillie G. Jessie shares a treasured family memory.
November 26, 2013
School Board Member Lillie G. Jessie (Occoquan) began reading to both of her girls, Jessica and Jennifer, the moment they came home from the hospital—a wonderful early start that set the groundwork for success in school. However, even after children learn to read by themselves, continuing to read aloud together builds treasured memories and sets an example. It is also a great way to “Be There” for your child.
“It is never too early to read to your children, and never too late,” says Jessie.
Babies can distinguish the “talking voice” from the “reading voice” very early. Jessie shares that both of her children were reading before they entered kindergarten and attributes this to the reading rituals they established from birth.
“Our favorite book was Goodnight Moon,” says Jessie.
As the girls grew older, Jessie continued the ritual of reading in bed at night and began to read when traveling with her children. “We had a concept I like to call ‘Car Books.’ We always found a book to read aloud while traveling in the car for more than a couple hours.”
Jessie explains that reading books to your child is an opportunity to read material above their reading level. It allows them to develop vocabulary and to draw up images in their head.
Do you think that your children would balk at the idea of reading aloud on a trip? You might be right, but you are also not alone. Jessie explains that her children would always groan when she read in the car. Thinking her efforts were falling on deaf ears, she almost gave up the practice.
“One time I decided not to bring a book and the response was ‘Where's our book?’ That's when you know they are hooked.”