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Bedtime Stories 

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On a Monday morning during the session your child’s keyworker will provide your child  with a selection of books to pick a bedtime story which they will take home for the week. Please take the time to read the story to your child each night, speak to them about the story and on the last night ask them the questions contained in the book review and complete this on their behalf.  At the request of the children we have added fact based reading books to our bedtime stories.   I do appreciate these can be a bit more difficult to read to your children at bedtime but I would simply ask that you read the facts to your child a few times and then encourage them to try to recall some facts and to share them with us in the booklet provided.

Your child should bring the book, book bag and completed book review to playgroup on Friday morning.  
We have introduced this to our group to support the Scottish Government's National Improvement to literacy and supporting lifelong learning.  

According to research some of the benefits of bedtime stories are:-

  • Creates rituals and sleep routines - Child development experts agree that consistent bedtime routines make this time easier.  Bedtime stories are a wonderful addition to bedtime routines they help fulfill the wants and needs of the child.

  • Provides a peaceful transition from day to night - Even when the evening feels rushed and chaotic, slowing down to share a story before bed makes for a peaceful transition from waking to sleep. The story can end the long-ended ordeal or battle that sometimes ensues at bedtime

  • Helping parents and children reconnect after a busy day - Time spent snuggling, winding down, reconnecting with language and stories is a great time to just check in with one another.

  • Listening to stories helps language development - reading picture books with young children may mean that they hear more words, while at the same time, their brains practice creating the images associated with those words — and with the more complex sentences and rhymes that make up even simple stories.  Increased language and vocabulary development are early indicators that children will be more intelligent and find education and learning easier.

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