I always knew reading to my kids was important, but this has opened my eyes to how important and how much.
So why are we doing all of this?
Sharing stories and using language can be some of the most powerful and memorable experiences parents and children can have together. While learning to read and write is important, it is the skills, concepts, feelings and interactions that come from sharing a story or talking about the world that can have a lasting impact on a child's imagination.
The Read to Me - I Love It! program aims to make sharing stories easier for parents and carers in remote Aboriginal communities by providing access to books, DVDs and literacy resources. In many communities these resources are limited, and the lack of a local library service often makes it hard for parents and children to share stories together.
Better Beginnings provides books and resources which reflect the history, culture and day-to-day life of remote Aboriginal families, and aims to make sharing stories easier and more meaningful.
The two key messages of the program are:
Read to your children every day.
Use your local library when you go into town.
Use the links below and on the left to find resources, information, books and video clips related to the program.