Dads to read to their kids pro­gram

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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.

PHO­TOS: JODIE DIXON

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.

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