If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales. Albert Einstein

Problem reading? I can’t express enough how important it is for children to read every day. Read anything they like, it doesn’t matter, what it is.  When a school asks parents to get their children to read every day – they really do mean seven days a week.  And if they don’t want to,  you read to them.

Psychologist Dr David Edward Cowell has spent a lot of time researching the over-learning effect of reading.  He says the children ‘learn to read’ on the 6th and 7th day.  So, all the years I spent letting my children having a break at the weekend, was wrong.  Well, I’m perfectly happy to be wrong.

Albert Einstein had some fantastic sayings, but I think he really meant it when he said about reading them fairy stories because it excites the imagination and inspires the little ones for the future.  If they are too young to read, it doesn’t matter, they learn through you, the expressions on your face.  The nuances of your voice.  And, the fact you are together, it should be a wonderful time. (Being honest though, not that I want to spoil it for anyone, but my two children hated reading and the minute I mention getting their reading books out, they used to say, ‘oh, no, its torture time’.,  But they turned out just fine.) It did use to upset me when I love reading so much.  Just to get lost in a book and I said earlier, to absorb the words and story.  Just wonderful!

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