connecting the dots

Every parent can appreciate the strong foundation for the school years that reading at home creates for the preschooler. Word recognition, comprehension abilities, and listening skills are all fostered through the parent – child reading experience. The greatest benefit of preschool reading is in the experience itself. It comes from the cuddle, the bonding, the joy of the moment and the learning process. Parent-to-parent, I’m sure you can understand that sentiment. I have witnessed evidence to support this with my three year old daughter, Madeline.

Madeline enjoyed reading stories and would beam with joy when I changed the main character’s name to her own name. Creative writing is my business, so I began spinning new stories for Madeline with all her favorite things woven into each adventure. It makes learning entertaining because she is reading about herself, her friends and family making it a unique and fun experience. She has benefited tremendously and enjoys story time more than ever! Originally created for Madeline as the star of the story, they encourage her to read with my input into positive, healthy and wholesome messaging. Instead of providing these stories just to my Madeline, I wanted to broaden my enjoyment and share these stories for other parents to experience with their own children… and shortly after – Storyline for kids was born.

I read a commencement address some time ago made to students of Stanford by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios that really hit home. If you haven’t read it – I suggest you google it – well worth the read. He spoke about his life experiences and one story in particular was about how you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards into past events. Who knew when I created these stories for Madeline that they would naturally evolve into my business and be such a huge hit for parents. I have created three stories so far and intend to create many more. At the time, I figured any extra incentive which can encourage Madeline to enjoy reading had to be positive. But now looking back and connecting the dots – it all makes sense now. A truly a humbling experience.

Like the address Steve Jobs made, I will leave you with one parting thought… No matter how busy your business life is, remember the importance of the reading experience and PLEASE READ WITH YOUR CHILD! Instilling a love of reading in a child is giving them a gift which will last a lifetime!

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  1. When I was little my mom, an English teacher, read to me all the time. Around the first grade, she began taking me to the library every week, and they would let me check out five books. I’d read then all, and then returned the next week to repeat the process. This went on for years.
    In high school, I am afraid I was more interested in girls, guitars, pizzas, but I did O.K.- more due to mama’s investment of time in me as a child than my own efforts.
    Eventually I made it to M.D. I never would have gotten there without her influence.

    Dr. Tom Bibey

  2. I started reading to my son when he was only an infant and it is part of our every day experience. When he was 4 I enrolled him in Kumon. He actually loved going. We only stayed in Kumon for one year before he started kindergarten, but I believe that this helped him when he started to learn how to read. Because he goes to school in French I was afraid that his English reading would suffer, but because of the extra effort we put in, his French and English reading are almost on par.

    Now that he is in grade 1 he loves reading and cannot (or will not) go to sleep at night unless we have even a little story. So no matter how tired we are we put the effort in to read a few pages. Some nights he does the reading and other nights (when we want to read Harry Potter) I do the reading. I’m sure that he will have a life long love of books.

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