"Next to hugging your child, reading aloud is probably the longest lasting experience that you can put into your child's life. You will savor it long after they have grown up. Reading aloud is important for all the reasons that talking to children is important - to inspire them, to guide them, to educate them, to bond with them, and to communicate your feelings, hopes and fears. You are giving children a piece of your mind and a piece of your time."
Children want to write.
Children want to write. For years we have underestimated their urge to make marks on paper. We have underestimated that urge because of a lack of understanding of the writing process, and what children do in order to control it.