While meandering through the Birmingham farmers market several weeks ago, my oldest and I stumbled upon a stall with a local author and illustrator. She had created a children’s book about Birmingham and I was immediately drawn to it’s vibrantly painted pictures. I decided to pick up a copy and ended up reading it for the first time with my sons before naptime. As we were reading, I realized that the book did not shy away from Birmingham’s packed racial history. I knew most of this was over my 3 year old’s head, but I saw a few flickers of understanding and processing in my 5 year old. After we finished, my 5 year old asked to if he could look through the book on his own.
Ahhh Fall…. The cooler temps, crisp winds and falling leaves always remind me of the start of the school year. I loved this time of year when I was teaching. I have to admit, I mainly loved it because it marked the start of the buying of all things school supplies. I have a major soft spot for colorful notebooks, character shaped erasers and pencil cases with lots of
useless cool compartments. I grew up in the Lisa Frank and Trapper Keeper era, so it’s hardly my fault.
As a Kindergarten teacher, this time of year also signaled the start of parents questioning me about their child’s reading readiness.
Understanding when and what to read to your baby can be tricky. Back in my teaching days, parents often asked me questions about reading aloud to their infants. In particular, they wanted to know when they should start reading to their sweet little newborns.
“Right now,” I would tell them.
They would look at me puzzled and say, “Now? But he/she’s just a baby.”
“Exactly,” I would respond, “get started before she gets older!”
Why Should you Read to Babies?
Sometimes when I read to my kids, especially when they’re babies, I feel a little like …