Sunday, June 12, 2011
We weren't really sure what to expect from a reading party (I've never been to one). Some reading happened, including the picture above, and then things shifted a bit to a more traditional five year old party. We played and laughed, ate pizza, and had cupcakes with frightening blue frosting with sprinkles. It ended with a good run through the sprinkler.
All three boys love reading more than I did at their age. My mother said how much she wished she could have read more to me, but I wouldn't sit still. I hope the boys maintain their love of reading and I plan to do what I can to encourage it. Here's a little research on the benefits of reading to small children. Here are some resources from the University of Michigan about reading. But really, as I suspect you all know, simply reading to children is the key.
As the boys learn to read, I realized that I will be able to do less and less of it. I can see their independence growing daily and I suspect that will happen with reading as well. And I hope my love of reading to the boys will grow into of love of reading with the boys, sitting around the breakfast table reading the paper as I did with my parents. Or simply sitting in the living room or on the back deck sharing funny passages from books or graphic novels or magazines.
Posted by Jacob at 11:44 PM