It’s been amaz­ing to watch their growth

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Read­ing has be­come a favourite pas­time for Rhi­an­non Swan and her girls, Wil­low, 6, Lon­don, 2, and Har­riet, seven months. She says: “I’ve read to them all since they were ba­bies. When they were very lit­tle it was more of a vis­ual thing, look­ing at the pic­tures and colours and shapes.

Now Wil­low is at school part of her pro­gram is read­ing daily. She goes to the school li­brary once a week, we get books de­liv­ered ev­ery month and I en­cour­age books for presents.

We’ll read the lit­tle read­ers she brings home to­gether, it’s fun for both her and Lon­don. I’ll read to them and then read with Wil­low on her own. I en­cour­age her to read it first, and be­cause she’s still slow at read­ing I’ll go back and read it to her so she can un­der­stand the whole story.

It’s been quite amaz­ing to watch her growth. She’s gone from not read­ing very much at all to go­ing into fourth term be­ing able to read books with up to 20 words on a page. I think read­ing through child­hood has helped be­cause she as­so­ciates words with books and un­der­stands it a bit more.

She adores read­ing. Now she’s start­ing to read on her own she’s en­joy­ing recog­nis­ing the words along­side the pic­tures. Her in­ter­est has cer­tainly in­creased with her new level of un­der­stand­ing.g

Lon­don ob­vi­ously isn’t ’t un­der­stand­ing so much of the con­tent, but t she cer­tainly en­joys the vi­su­als. And I think that’s where it all be­gins. If theyy grasp the vi­su­als then they comeme to un­der­stand the story in time.

But on the week­ends we only read if they want to, , if they do it’s no trou­ble but ut I wait for them to come to me. I want them to main­tain that in­ter­est onn their own.

I think read­ing is so im­por­tant, event as an adult, be­cause it helps with ev­ery­thing in life. But I cer­tainly don’t want to be that pushy mum who forces her chil­drenl­dren to read.” Lon­don Swan, two, en­joys books.

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