Monday, September 19, 2011

Why read aloud to babies?

Every so often someone pops up on a homeschool message board asking about how to teach babies, how to read to two-month-olds, etc. These people are rounded mocked and driven off, accused of being trolls, etc.

On a related note, my husband once asked why I read to the baby, since he obviously couldn't understand yet. I thought about it for a long time, and I realized the answer was "I'm teaching him what our values are." I was demonstrating my family's devotion to the transformative power of education (ask me about my grandfather the southern Indiana hillbilly who grew up to teach college physics) and my personal love of books.

It's not just about words and sounds, it's about values.

And that's why I read to babies.

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