Reposting this to share on Kelly's blog today! Kendall looks so tiny in these pictures:)
I am a fourth grade teacher now and reading is just as important to me now if not more. I think as students get older it can be difficult to keep their love for reading alive. I am always making sure I share my absolute excitement about any new book we get in our classroom. Maybe I am naive but it seems to work. Any book I show excitement for becomes a hit in our classroom!!
Being a first grade teacher I am sure you can imagine that I am very much into Kendall reading at a very early age. It amazes me the amount of kids that have little or no books at home. I don't say that to be ugly or rude, but I have LOVED reading since I was itty bitty so I guess I just can't imagine not having books to read. Of course my husband isn't a reader, but he still enjoys getting Kendall new books to read.
I have found that a key to getting Kendall to read is having books in every area that she plays. She anywhere we have toys there is also a little basket of reading books. I also have to say that I don't push reading on Kendall. I want her to love reading, but I want her to do it on her own terms. Because Kendall is a lot like me and she isn't going to do something because I want her to do it, but on her own terms. So, I probably don't read to her as much as I should, but she does bring books to me often to read to her! We might not make it through the entire book, but we read enough for her to enjoy!
You will notice that we have a lot of books that we don't read just yet. Chris bought Kendall the big Storytime books, and of course we look at the pictures but we don't yet read the books! I did read to her the other day The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and she sat and let me read the whole book. I think this book is pretty interactive which is why it kept her attention so well!
I wish I would have ordered a few more copies of these books for gifts. If I see them again I will definitely purchase them to put away and for some of my friends babies!