The past few weeks Brent and I have been wondering when Knox & Sloane will really be able to understand us as we read books to them. I know they hear us reading, but often times they act like they could care less and would rather being doing something else. I know this is normal, but I know on more than one occasion, Brent and I have both gotten a little flustered because they want to jump out of our lap or just turn the pages over and over again. We worry they aren't listening. They hear us, but when will they want to listen?
I've heard over and over again how important it is to start early, as far as reading to your child. That was our goal, to start early. I guess I thought by starting early, they would be sitting at our lap at this point and just looking at the pictures and listening to the story; maybe even picking out which book they wanted to read.
Okay, that's probably rushing things a bit. Really, though, I think part of me is just excited for them to love books, want to read, want to listen and know who all these amazing characters are. I really hope that happens.
Yes, I kind of have a love for storybook characters.
This morning, while Knox & Sloane were napping and I was folding laundry, I had the TV on and this commercial came on......
I was intrigued. I loved it.
At the end of the commercial, it had a blub about Reading is Fundamental. I went and got my computer to look it up. RIF seems like a great program. You can read about it here.
Reading is important. Knowing several teachers, I do know that a lot of parents don't read to their kids as often, some not at all, or as early as it is encouraged. Of course a teacher will teach your child, but I think as a parent, it begins at home.
Obviously, Brent and I have no intentions to give up on reading to Knox & Sloane, but this video and the RIF website really gave me a nudge. I'll be patient with Knox & Sloane as they learn to listen and then eventually learn to read. I'll teach them in a way they want to learn. Right now, they love books that make noise and they love books that have things they can feel on the pages. They are still enjoying learning about sounds and textures. When they see a picture of parrot and then push the button, they are learning; they are listening. Then, I make the parrot noise and sometimes they almost fall over laughing at me.
I know they will listen when they are ready. I'll continue to read :)
*Cute outfits straight from Australia from our sweet friends :)