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Most of us are already reading to our children. It is something that mothers in particular already do, whether it’s the classic bedtime story or another scenario. Thinking carefully about reading to our kids can help us do it better in a way that will help us and them better steward the gift of intellect that God gives each one of us. John Stodt said that “the secret of holy living lies in the mind.” Books help us steward our children’s minds because it is what we know and understand that drives and directs how we feel and what we do. Reading out loud to our children is a potentially a powerful parenting tool when it is done intentionally and biblically. Here are five reasons to read out loud to our kids.
The English language at the dawn of the sixteenth century was crude and unrefined. It lacked precision and standardization, a strange mixture of Anglo-Saxon and Norman features with ancient Latin vocabulary, contained in disorganized syntax. Tyndale proved to be its change agent. As he translated the Bible, giving careful thought to words, phrases, and clauses, Tyndale shaped the language at its transition point from Middle English to Early Modern English. The speech of a nation was constructed in his mind and flowed from his pen. In providing the English Bible, Tyndale became the father of Modern English.
Several years ago I was told by a lady that she could never homeschool because she wasn’t a salt-dough-map-making kind of mom. But I am so not a salt-dough-map-making kind of mom. Nothing makes me groan so loud as to read, in a set of lesson plans, a complex set of instructions telling me how to mummify a chicken or create a raised relief depiction of Egypt.
And, in honor of Valentine’s Day: Cupid’s Unlikely Arrow: 14 Dickens Quotes for Lovers
. . . he was born in such close proximity to Valentine’s Day that we just couldn’t resist mining his works in search of amorous words. For the record, we were not disappointed. It turns out that beyond his skill with political observation, he also had a considerable ability to turn a sweet verse and wax poetic. With this in mind, we toast to his birthday and the upcoming holiday with the below list of Charles Dickens’s fourteen most impassioned lines across his work.