Guest Blog written by Ali Gilbert
At my daughters 1 week appointment our doctor gave us a book to read to her. This is going to sound terrible, but I remember thinking, “Umm… she is 1 week old, she doesn’t even know how to blink let alone understand a book.” Since then, every milestone appointment we have taken her to she was given a new book. Even though I thought it was a bit silly, my husband and I did (and still do) read these books to her at bed time.
At my daughter’s 12 month appointment, along with a new book, I remember her doctor giving us some good tips about reading. She told us to read to her every day and to read the same few books to her for recognition. So we started reading a barn animal book that was textile – like fur on the chick, and a sponge for the pig’s nose. I was getting really sick of this book when I noticed that my daughter started picking that book up right away when we would sit down to rock. Then she started saying “woof, woof” when we would get to the puppy page. When we get to the page with the pig on it, the story says to “touch your nose to the pig’s nose” and after a while my daughter started doing it before I would even read it. I realized that she was recognizing the pages and understanding what we were reading to her!
Of course, I automatically thought she was simply brilliant. But once I came back from my “Mommy Cloud 9,” I realized that her doctor was correct. She recognized the book because we read it to her over and over again. She really learned from this book and I am excited to share with you that your child can too. Reading is so important for your child. There are a lot of ways you can read to your child even in your busy day, but the best time for us has been in the evenings. Every evening we have the same routine, and though that routine has changed a bit in the past two years, for the most part it is bath, book, rock for one lullaby song, bed. The “book” part of our routine is paying off because she is learning and recognizing.
I suggest reading to your child at least once a day. Watch how excited your child gets about reading once they find how fun it can be. Another fun way to read to your child is by taking him or her to the library. Every library in Chesapeake has a kid’s area where your child can play. While you are there, pick out a few books together to either read there or check out and take home.
Also, getting your child involved in a storytime library classes is a great way to get him or her excited about reading. My daughter loved her “Just One’s” (now called Wonderful Ones) storytime class. She loved dancing, singing and reading! Here are a few pictures of her at her fun class!
Here are a few fun books that we love reading at our house and you might enjoy reading to your child as well:
Good night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Fuzzy Yellow Ducklings by Matthew Van Fleet
Five Little Monkeys by Eileen Christflow
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle
Where is Baby’s Belly Button? by Karen Katz
Moo Baa La La La by Sandra Boynton
Counting Kisses by Karen Katz
Have fun reading! 🙂
Ali Gilbert is a blogger in the Hampton Roads area. Her blog is called Mom Explores Virginia Beach. She loves giving mommy tips, craft and DIY ideas and helping families find fun things to do with their children.