Open letter to South Africa’s students‚ universities and government‚ represented by Minister in the .
PARENTS are instrumental in setting the stage for and supporting the habit of reading for pleasure and instruction.
When parents take the time to read with their children, they demonstrate that books are truly a magic carpet that will take them anywhere their imaginations care to roam.
Reading for and with your children encourages bonding because intimate contact while reading can become the basis for trust, and:
lBridges the generation gap. Shared reading time is a great time to discuss issues;
lEncourages character development. One way to teach character development is through exposure to good characters from great book;
lExplains the meaning of success. Concepts, including commitment, goals and hard work become understandable to children when they share in or read stories about the success of others;
lBuilds self-confidence. We feel good about family ties and ourselves when we spend time reading together;
lTeaches responsibility. Reading helps prepare children to learn how to accept their own responsibility;
lIncreases a sense of worthiness. Encouraging children to select reading materials strengthens self worth, good judgment and independence. - 101 Reasons to Read with Your Child.