I just feel like talking about books today. Over the weekend, I finally finished a book that I’ve been reading for months now. Yes, I am a really slow reader, but the reason it took me so long to finish is because I hardly ever took the time to do so! I feel so accomplished when I turn that last page of a book and I love how reading is such a quiet, peaceful thing. Curtis doesn’t quite share my love for reading, (which is probably why he went to sleep at 8 o’clock that night) but I know he appreciates books, especially when it comes to Ande.
I think books are one of the greatest things you can give your kids. For a while, I worried a lot about being able to teach Ande all the important things he needed to know in life. I do teach dance, but I do not consider myself a teacher. I haven’t taken much time to sit down with Ande and teach him things like numbers, shapes, colors, etc. When they are young, I feel like you have to be so creative with your approach to teaching. I am just too lazy to be that creative. So, yes, I worried that because of my lack of ambition, Ande would be the only kid in Kindergarten who couldn’t identify a “red circle” or “the letter A.” This is where books come in to play. To my amazement, Ande already knows most of the things I wanted him to learn! I finally realized that this is ALL due to the books that we read him every day and night before bed time.
Through books, Ande has learned his colors (he knows red, green, blue, yellow, purple, black, grey, orange, white, gold, brown), his numbers (he can point them out and can sort of count: 2,3,2 or he says 9,6,7,8), and several of his letters (he definitely knows T, A, P and Z). His books have taught him about animals, and stop lights, and he now knows the specific names of tons of different cars/trucks. His stories have also given him a very tender nature. For example, today we were reading :