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Children First: Get back to basics with books

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With all the technology in this day and age that's available for children, sometimes books take a back burner to the TV.

But books are an extremely important part of a young child's development.

"We've been reading since day one," said Claudia Weis, mother of 3 year-old Benedict.

"Even at a very young age he started interacting with the books and telling me which ones he liked and which ones he didn't like so much," adds Weis.

In addition to reading at home, Weis says they attend story time at the library every week.

Growing up in this day and age kids can get caught up in the TV or video games, but Leanna Bussell with the Rapid City Public Library says it's important to get back to the basics - with books.

"You want to start when they are babies, even the sound of your voice reading prenatal is important," said Bussell.

Bussell says by reading out loud children build listening skills, vocabulary, memory, and language skills.

"Hearing how words go together, rhyming words, noticing the differentiation, those are all ways children learn how to read," said Bussell.

Experts say reading with your child improves their ability to concentrate; even when it might not seem like it.

"You might think they're not paying attention. You see them wiggling or up and around but they are listening to you. You'll be very surprised when you finish a book and a child doesn't seem to be paying attention and then later on they are talking about it," said Bussell.

And talking about the story improves a child's speech during a time in their life where they are developing critical language skills.

"And it's just really fun to not sit there and have the TV on all the time and just take a book and look at the pictures together and explore the pictures. And have him interact with the books and tell me the stories back," said Weis.

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