May 2, 2024

Reading and Simultaneous Storytime

May is not only an Important month for all of our Mums and our birthday babies, it is also when we celebrate READING! 

Reading holds immense importance for all children. Reading plays a vital role in the development and well-being of children. It provides them with opportunities for learning, communication, social interaction, and emotional growth in a supportive and engaging way. Reading is known to stimulate brain development in children which is why should be a part of your routines where possible. 

Children with language delays can benefit greatly from exposure to language through reading. Books help to provide a structured and repetitive way of introducing new words and concepts, aiding in language acquisition.  Hearing stories helps children understand how language works and expands their vocabulary. It is for this reason that children who face challenges in verbal communication can benefit from exposure to language through reading. Reading to children exposes them to a rich variety of words and sentence structures, helping them develop language skills as well as leading to engaging discussions about a story which also can improve communication skills. Books can be used as a means of communication by pointing to pictures or words, assisting in familiarising the child not only to their world but also their home environments too. 

Books can also assist the child to learn about social situations and relationships, helping them understand social cues, emotions, and appropriate behaviour. It provides a safe space for them to learn about interactions and develop social skills in a structured context. 

Stories can help children identify and understand their own emotions and feelings. This can be particularly beneficial for children who struggle with emotional regulation or understanding social cues. 

Many children with special needs can be sensitive to sensory stimuli. Books with different textures, sounds, or interactive elements can provide sensory stimulation in a controlled and predictable way, helping them develop sensory integration skills. 

Another benefit of reading can have therapeutic benefits for all children. It can be used as a tool for relaxation, stress reduction, and self-expression. It can also be incorporated into therapy sessions to work on specific skills or goals. 

This May is the 24th year that National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country. Now in its 24th year, it is a fun event that aims to promote the value of reading and literacy, using an Australian children’s book that explores age-appropriate themes, and addresses key learning areas of the National Curriculum for Foundation to Year 6. 

This year Bowerbird Blues by Aura Parker has been chosen to be read on the 22nd of May this year.   

Keep and eye on our socials for links for live reads and activities for your families.