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Children who are read aloud to by parents get a head start in language and literacy skills and go to school better prepared.
“Reading aloud to young children, particularly in an engaging manner, promotes emerging literacy and language development and supports the relationship between child and parent,” concludes a review in this month’s Archives of Disease in Childhood.
In other words, reading that bedtime story may not only entertain and soothe Johnny, it may also develop his vocabulary, improve his ability to learn to read, and – perhaps most important – foster a lifelong love of books and reading.
Developing that passion for reading is crucial, according to Jim Trelease, author of the best-seller, “The Read-Aloud Handbook.” “Every time we read to a child, we’re sending a ‘pleasure’ message to the child’s brain,” he writes in the “Handbook.” “You could even call it a commercial, conditioning the child to associate books and print with pleasure.”
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Community Action Plan 2014 – 2019
Community Views Wanted!We would be grateful if you could take a few minutes to answer the questions in this survey. We want to find out what local people inMoncreiffe, Craigie and Friarton think about their community and how you think it could be improved as a place to live in, work in or visit. Who is carrying out the Survey?The survey is being organised by South Perth Community Partnership. The South Perth Community Partnership supports individuals and groups in the South Perth area of Moncreiffe, Friarton, Craigie and South Inch to identify issues of concern, find local solutions and encourage more involvement within the area. The South Perth Community Partnership is made up of local people as well as a variety of other partners such as the police, local churches, schools, Perth & Kinross Council, local councillors, voluntary organisations and others.Your views really matterThe survey results will be used to help put together a Community Action Plan which will identify the main priorities for development in South Perth over the next 5 years. The Plan will help local groups to secure funding and support for the main projects and developments that people would like to see. It will also be the basis for making representation on behalf of the community and working in partnership with Perth and Kinross Council and other agencies and organisations.