As a kindergarten teacher, I was always FLOORED by the children who lacked book skills. These are the skills that come naturally to children who are read to on a regular basis. From things as simple as how to turn the page, to finding text on the page, and knowing that the text goes left to right.
I had read to Blake and Colby since the day they came home from the hospital. I always feel that reading is a way to connect with my sons, a way to share a bit of love. Put them on my lap and read a story. Pointing to the pictures and the text through the natural process reading.
Blake has always loved to read. I can remember watching him crawl over to the book basket and pull book after book out for me to read. Before nap time Blake gets to pick out 3 stories and he gets 4 stories before bed time. I think this is his favorite time of the day. The time he gets to sit alone with Mommy for naps and with Daddy and Mommy at bedtime to read. To share a love of stories with the people he loves.
Blake is already learning how books works. He points to the text as well as the pictures. He knows where the book begins and end as well as how to turn pages. I see him learning these very important pre-reading skills at 2 and realize... yes! I've done something right!
Colby is just starting to get into books a bit more. Having two kiddos I found it harder to find time when Colby was an itty bitty to spend time reading alone with him. I did and do read with the two of them from time to time during the day. I'm trying very hard to read to him during Blake's nap time. I'm starting to see Colby love to reading more and more.
But as a mom, especially a teacher turned mommy, the best thing I saw was this:
And since I had my camera in my hand I made this video for you to see...