What is 'Born to Read'?
Born to Read is a 'Birth to Kindergarten' reading project which aims to educate people, especially parents and carers of young children, that reading to your children from birth is the best way to prevent literacy problems at school and in later life.
Why is it needed?
By the time they start school, children should be able to talk in sentences, explain why things happened and how they feel, and be interested in reading, writing and numbers. These skills help children learn successfully. Many children start school without these 'reading readiness' skills and can take a long time to catch up.
What can I do?
If you are a parent or carer of young children start reading to your children now, it is never too late to start. Or, if you know someone who is a parent/carer of young children help spread the message of Born to Read.
The message is simple:
to your baby from birth.
Give your baby a 'head' start for life!
How will it help?
Babies start to develop language skills from the time they are born. Reading to children from birth, until at least the age of five, helps develop their listening and talking skills so they are ready for learning at school.
Reading to children also develops their imagination as well as the bond between parent/carer and child. It has also been shown to be the ideal 'brain food' for kids, increasing their intelligence by up to 30%!
Born to Read Condobolin Committee
The Born to Read Condobolin Committee is a non-profit organisation made up of representatives from all Condobolin schools, the Preschool Kindergarten, TAFE, Condobolin Health Service, Lachlan Shire Library, Lachlan Children's Services, Condobolin Quota Club, and community volunteers.
The Born to Read Committee relies on sponsorship from many local organisations, as well as community donations and fundraising to fund the materials used to promote the message of Born to Read.
Money raised also funds books and resources. These are given free to all babies in the Lachlan Shire, from birth and then annually for their first five birthdays, through the Joey Reader Club.
Born to Read would like to acknowledge the support and contribution of Families First and the Schools As Community Centres Project at Condobolin Public School and Lachlan Shire Council.