During long absences from their parents, children usually experience emotional separation and turmoil. Studies show that children experience “high rates of mental health symptoms, adjustment difficulties, and stress associated with the deployment cycle, psychological distress, behavioral problems, and family discord.” Our goal is to connect children with their father, supporting their relationship and minimizing these emotional effects.
Daddy Read a Book’s service intends to reduce emotional stress on children during long absences from their parents, and promote the benefits of reading.
Reading aloud helps children discover words and languages, develop their imagination, learn colors and shapes, succeed in school, exercise logic, and cope with new situations.
In the early 1960’s two researchers, Todd Risley and Betty Hart, studied the effects of parents talking to their child during the first years of their life. They found that the more parents talked to their children, the faster the children’s vocabularies grew and the higher their IQ test scores later in life.
The level of reading experience had a positive correlation with children’s rate of vocabulary growth and use at age three. There was a continued positive correlation with general accomplishments and school performance at age nine.
In his bestseller The Read-Aloud Handbook, author Jim Trelease stated, “Students who read the most, read the best, achieve the most, and stay in school the longest. Conversely, those who don’t read much, cannot get better at it.”
According to a landmark report released in 1985, “Becoming a Nation of Readers”, reading aloud is “the single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading.”
How It Works
While supporting the vital parent/child relationship, Daddy Read a Book brings the incredible benefits of reading aloud to young children.
Step 1: Schedule
Interested families will contact Daddy Read a Book to select a date and time that works best for their video shoot. A location will be coordinated, whether in a studio, outdoors or at another venue based upon availability and convenience for the family.
Step 2: Filming
High definition video and professional lighting will enhance those precious moments of reading to your children. Bring your children’s favorite stories or choose from the Daddy Read a Book library. In the 2-hour video session, Daddy Read a Book will capture as many stories as the family chooses.
Step 3: Post Production
Once filming is complete, the video files will be edited and filtered producing a finished product that will be cherished for years.
Step 4: Shipping
After the editing process, the final DVD is labeled and shipped to the family via USPS.
Step 5: Story Time
Children will feel closer to their dad while watching his video.