This "poster" was on Facebook this week, through a friend that
works for Usborne Books
(in fact Maggie is having a party tonite, if you'd like to
order any books, I'm sure you can through her)
I read this and totally agree.
I have been thinking about it every day since.
I'd like to say that all my daycare children,
when I did daycare before I had my own children,
all got at least 20 minutes per day of being read to.
My first born son got over 20 minutes per day of being read to.
He started reading dictionaries at age 4
(I'm not exaggerating)
He'd bring me piles of books, as many as he could carry in his little
1 1/2 year old hands, it was so cute!
And I had so much time to accommodate him
I'd also like to add that
my 2nd child also got read to, for maybe at least 10 minutes per day,
not because I didn't have the time,
but because she was not a "sit down" type of child.
She never walked, she ran!
She started reading chapter books by Kindergarten.
Then, my 3rd child came along
She didn't like books at all.
She liked to be busy,
she had no time to sit and read with mama!
She still does not like to read
and it shows.
She's in 2nd grade and she struggles with reading.
My 4th child--very much like the 3rd child,
she likes stories, but gets bored quickly and quite often leaves in the middle of the strory!!
(this is the child who mixes every type of toy and plays,
you know, puzzle pieces with a puppy and a dinosaur and maybe a Barbie leg)
My 5th child, (Sweetie Pie) loves books!!
When I was pregnant with her,
every time I'd read to the other kids,
she would kick like crazy!
When she came out, she'd sit through any type of story, even big kid
chapter books, she loved to hear my voice!
I'm hoping there is still time
Because, see, it's not all that simple.
Read 20 minutes per day to your child(ren)
Sounds simple, right?
Many days, at the end of the day,
I've not read to them, or it's been the 5 minute thing...
I love to read to them,
So, why is so often so hard to fit it in?
Oh, there's lots of reasons,
I get very sleepy when I sit down and actually stop moving
There's a ton of interruptions
There's different age levels and types of books each one likes
When I'm ready, they are busy, or when they are ready, I'm busy.
My daily goal is to read to them, and with them,
the 4 youngest, every day, for at least 20 minutes.
Simeon came along and has grown to love books!
(never kicked in my womb while I read out loud)
He loves to read one book, over and over and over.
Doesn't matter which book it is, each time though, it's one book.
These are a favorite in our house,
But beware, if you open one of these,
you will need to stay for all 6 stories!
Which takes care of my 20 minutes!
I really believe in reading and teaching kids to love books,
I think if you can read,
You can do anything
things are just easier.
things are just easier.
For an inspirational story about learning to read,