Now that the crazy chaotic December is past us and we are back in our grove (back to school, back to work, etc) its time for JD and I to get back to our reading adventure we have created earlier last year. JD loves to read! He has well over 100 books, maybe even over 200 or so and continues to want more. I’m thankful for my sister who also got him interested in the library this past summer where we have been able to continue his love of finding new books, reading the adventures they have for him and retelling the story in his own words. All without having to purchase them!
The other day I was reading – 25 Rules for Mothers of Sons by a fellow blogger, and # 4 Read to him and read with him really stuck with me. We have read to him from the day JD was born. I remember when I was home on maternity leave reading him the books he got from his Auntie Ashley. And even when Auntie would visit she would always read to him too! I’m looking forward to getting back in the swing of things where we go to the library weekly to enjoy in the actual physical books to read and enjoy the time together. Saturdays have been our special days for JD and I to go to the library, get a bag or two full of books and enjoy reading them together, with daddy or even his little brother.
Emilie Buchwald said, “Children become readers on the laps of their parents.” Offer your son the opportunity to learn new things, believe in pretend places, and imagine bigger possibilities through books. Let him see you reading…reading the paper, reading novels, reading magazine articles. Help him understand that writing words down is a way to be present forever. Writers are the transcribers of history and memories. They keep a record of how we lived at that time; what we thought was interesting; how we spoke to each other; what was important. And Readers help preserve and pass along those memories.
I challenge other parents to take the time to enjoy a book together. Lets your creativity go wild with your imagination while reading!
Need some suggestions on books to read together with your young one? Check out my educational board that I started for the boys. Great suggestions on getting started together! Enjoy the adventure.