We are big on the bedtime book before lights out in this house. I think it stems from my addiction to book buying and now rekindling my love for the library but every night our bedtime routine goes something like toilet, brush teeth, book then lights out. Every. Night.
When I was trying to be the best mum in the world (circa 2012) I had read about the importance of reading to your child from a very young age, so I did before the kid could even sit by himself. It really did create a magical bonding time as well as encouraging his speech development. We have kept up the reading ever since. For sure I skip pages in varying amounts but I’m dedicated to the cause.
This week we have changed the routine a little bit and I have given myself a few nights off reading time with the launch of the second season of “Disney Junior‘s The Book of Once Upon A Time”. Before lights out, we will be snuggled on the couch at 7:10pm to watch Australian actor and playwright Kate Mulvany present the locally produced, interactive story-telling series.
The launch of the second season coincides with Book Week. So while you are racing around throwing together a last minute costume for
painful fun school events, your little ones can settle in for some quiet time with episodes featuring “Snow White and the Great Jewel Hunt”, “Winnie the Pooh”, “Aladdin”, “Sleeping Beauty” and “Frozen”.
Each episode seeks to fulfill every parents need to stimulate their child’s imagination and blends Disney’s unparalleled storytelling and beloved characters with learning components, including early language and math skills as well as healthy lifestyles. To wind things down, the “Land of Once Upon A Time” lullaby follows each episode, so Ari knows it is time for bed and he will happily trot off. With me following because we still aren’t at the go to bed by yourself stage. I am, he’s not!
Catch the first episode of the season here…
You are able to follow along with each book at home as featured Disney stories in The Book of Once Upon A Time are available as eBooks from the Disney Story Central app, available to download from iTunes.
Ignite your child’s imagination and perhaps give yourself a night off the bedtime ritual by tuning in for a story every evening at 7:10pm on Disney Junior The Channel (available through Foxtel, channel 709), or anytime on the website.
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