The “We” behind Read Learn Love are Christine and Ben, a husband-and-wife team, with two little munchkins. Nowadays you would never guess we didn’t want kids when we got married over a decade ago! Reading books to our first born really opened our eyes to the amazing benefits of sharing language, knowledge, and imagination with him at a very early age. A daily ritual we plan to continue with our boys well into their young adult life.
I am so excited and honoured to be able to share with you my passion for the importance of reading aloud.
When I talk about the incredible benefits of reading to your children. I just light up. This is my jam. Or my realness. Or whatever the cool new word is. This is my “why”.
Have a listen to my first podcast episode where introduce you to… well me. And how I got the idea for Read Learn Love. I’m a gen X mother of 2. I’m American born, but was lucky enough to marry an Aussie (who I met through an online computer game!) and made Australian my home in 2007.
Our mission is to equip you with the KNOWLEDGE and TOOLS to increase your kids ability to FOCUS, improve academic SUCCESS, positively impact their MENTAL HEALTH, increase their IMAGINATION, build a positive attitude towards learning as adults, and so much more. ENLIGHTEN you to the fact that reading aloud to your kids is the BIGGEST return on investment you can ever make for them and their future. INSPIRE you to read to your kids from newborn until at least their late teens. Show you how to build your kid’s EMOTIONAL RESILIENCE through books. All while decreasing your stress and making you feel like a more ACCOMPLISHED parent.
Our core values in life and business are FAMILY and MAKING A DIFFERENCE. I truly believe that the biggest difference we can make in our lives and for our future is by creating future generations of emotionally intelligent adults with the desire for learning, the passion of creating community, and empathy for others.
The ability to imagine things pervades our entire existence. It influences everything we do, think about and create. It leads to elaborate theories, dreams and inventions in any profession from the realms of academia to engineering and the arts. Ultimately, imagination influences everything we do regardless of our profession.
Imagination is the key to innovation
~Tao de Has
‘Books with Heart on Issues that Matter’ are the key to one’s ability to adapt to stressful situations and crises. Books crafted by authors and illustrators whose backgrounds include teaching and psychology. Creators have a knack for unpacking complex issues, making them engaging and memorable for even the youngest readers
From a relative with dementia or finding the courage to try new things to standing up to a bully, we can teach this through books.
Research has consistently showing that kids who are read aloud to outside of school hours to improved performance across all grades. Students who are to read and who choose to read independently have greater reading comprehension, verbal fluency and general knowledge than those who do not.
They become better readers, score higher on achievement tests in all subject areas, and have greater content knowledge than their non-reading peers.