It is very likely that I’m preaching to the choir, but sometimes it’s important to be reminded why we do what we do.
When my kids were little, reading books to and with them was a daily activity, one we enjoyed tremendously. Witnessing their delight in learning new things, their surprise and their pleasure at new discoveries, and their inevitable growing enchantment with words was a reward in itself.
But much more was gained.
Exposure to books enriched their lives. They learned about places and cultures. They learned about people. They learned a lot about what excites and what interests them. They gained knowledge, they acquired a fabulous vocabulary, and a multitude of other valuable skills. Clearly, their early and ongoing exposure to books contributed much to the young adults, they are today: Intelligent, articulate, thoughtful, compassionate, and curious. Always curious to know more, to understand better, to grow and to develop.
Truth be told, I don’t recall entertaining altruistic intentions regarding the advantages I gifted my kids. Reading to and with them was simply a beloved activity that stemmed from my obsession with books and the joy I derived from interacting with my children. Reading bonded and connected us more. It served as stimuli for discussion and expression. I truly enjoyed observing them and I marveled as they grew and developed. I was privileged thus to get to know them. But better yet, they got to know themselves.
Stepping back and seeing the larger picture, one cannot but acknowledge the incredible impact reading has on the young, on their development, and on their lives as adults:
Here are some of the benefits:
Reading enriches vocabulary.
Reading teaches grammar and proper sentence structure
Reading engenders thought and analysis
Reading promotes articulation
Reading enhances concentration and focus
Reading opens up worlds far away
Reading invigorates the mind
Reading kindles the imagination
Reading arouses curiosity and a thirst for knowledge
Reading exposes different opinions and ways of seeing the world
Reading opens minds and enables the acceptance of the other
Reading promotes compassion
Reading provokes empathy
And yes, reading is a key to success in school and beyond
There’s more. Much more. And you are invited to add to the list in the comments below.
Finally, the most impactful of all, I believe, is the effect reading has on making choices. The choices my children and their well-read friends made as teens and continue to make as young adults are choices of the informed and the caring; are choices of people with a vision and a hope for an interesting, productive, and fulfilling tomorrow.
Read to and with your children.
It is without question one of the best gifts you can give them.
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The legendary King Solomon of the Ancient Israelites was well known for his wisdom and incredible talents. Among many other things, he was famous for was his ability to communicate with animals and insects.
This brand new installment of the Grandma Sadie Story tells the tale of a little bee who taught the wisest and greatest of kings an important lesson.
The Kindle version (formatted for full Kindle screen display) of KING SOLOMON and the BEE is already available for purchase. The print version is coming soon!.
Rosh Hashanah, literally “head of the year”, is the Jewish New Year and one of the Jewish people’s holiest of days. Rosh Hashanah, which occurs on the first and second days of the Hebrew month of Tishrei (September – October), also celebrates the world’s creation.
The Jewish New Year celebration has little in common with the secular celebration of New Years Day in January. The traditions and rituals of Rosh Hashanah are not associated with partying, fireworks, or football games, rather they are devised to encourage contemplation, reflection, and self-evaluation. They reinforce the notion of our responsibility for our life, our conduct and our actions.
The most popular symbols of Rosh Hashanah are the Shofar, the ram’s horn that is blown as part of prayer services, and the apple dipped in honey, which represents the prayer for a sweet new year.
Are you looking for a captivating, educational book about the Hebrew alphabet? You’ll be happy to know Sarah Mazor has created just what you’ll love. Not only will you learn facts like there are twenty-two letters in the Hebrew alphabet, but also how to pronounce each letter, plus popular boys’ and girls’ names starting with each letter. Many other facts are included as well. For example, you’ll learn which Israeli cities start with each letter and some history about each of those places. I loved this book and learned so much from it. You and your family is sure to feel the same about it.
I highly recommend this wonderful book.
Reviewed by children’s author, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
This book is part of a series called A Taste of Hebrew published by Mazor Books. The series includes books on Hebrew letters and numbers, as well. This time, the reader is invited to follow a traveling rainbow to Israel in order to learn the names of the colors in Hebrew along with two children named Ami and Tami. The text rhymes successfully and rhythmically which is not always achieved in children’s books of this kind. The illustrations are bright, cheerful and are filled with deep colors which seem to saturate the page. This creates an overall tone which is upbeat, young, and fun and which will attract young readers. On the whole, the book is age-appropriate and appealing. There is some useful material in the back which will be helpful for families in learning and teaching the Hebrew words including some grammar tips, charts with the masculine and feminine forms of the colors, and some additional bonus words which are related to the themes in the book. Throughout the book, the Hebrew words are transliterated into English and shown in Hebrew, as well. There is also a pronunciation guide for parents. Children will enjoy this happy frolic with the rainbow as they learn the names of colors in Hebrew.
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The adorable story of the five year old twins who learn the names of colors in Hebrew with the help of a song about a traveling rainbow will delight you and the kids your love.
MazorBooks is delighted by the “Jewish Book Council” – Jewish Book World Magazine’s Marge Kaplan’s review of “The Hebrew Alphabet: Book of Rhymes for English Speaking Kids”
An excerpt from the review: Written for very young children and the adults in their lives, The Hebrew Alphabet uses brightly colored drawings to present Hebrew letters in Hebrew, in English, and in Hebrew transliteration. This is followed by a sweet rhyme. For example, dalet is shown in Hebrew, there is a drawing of a teddy bear which it is given the Hebrew name “dubi”, and the accompanying rhyme is: “Tiny little Danny wants his pet in his bed; Mommy gets him a DUBI to sleep with him instead.”