Dads to read to their kids program
LEGENDARY dads joined the the launch of the Dads Read program which aims to promote the importance of reading to children.
Dads Read Ambassadors Brad Marsellos and Les Gane welcomed the program and are urging other fathers to sign up.
Many of the dads admitted theirs fathers never read to them and they felt it was important to encourage reading at home.
The Fatherhood Institute found in studies, children whose dads read to them display better behaviour and concentration and perform better at school.
Ambassador and proud dad, Brad Marsellos said to become an ambassador “all you need to do is read to your kids”.
Dads were presented with caps, t-shirts and a selection of books to read to the kids at home.
Bedtime stories provide routine and is effective in reducing stress. Stories encourage conversations and builds vital thinking skills for the future.
Reading and literacy starts at home with the parents.
Seven ways to build a better reader:
1. Create reading rituals and read every day. 2. Snuggle up close with a book. 3. Talk about the pictures and ask questions. 4. Read with expression – be your alter ego. 5. Share books. 6. Read favourite books again and again. 7. Record yourself reading and play it on road trips or instead of TV.
WHO SANK THE BOAT? Dads enjoy reading to their children.
Sharon Millet from the Gin Gin Library.
Thomas Hawkey, eight months.
Children get into character.
Les Gane, Lisabella, Emelia and Alexander Hawkey with Brad Marsellos.
Senior Constable Matt Harling with son Anthony, 2.
Isabella, Emelia and Alexander Hawkey.