I have shared pictures on social media of Jonathan quietly sitting in his closet or playroom floor reading a book. He usually has books pulled down from the shelves. They are completely surrounding him. Honestly, it is one of my favorite little moments with him. A book lover myself, it is a true pleasure for me to see him willing and excited to look at books!
There are so many benefits to young people, and adults, reading. Studies have shown reading with your child can help develop their language, knowledge, brain development, literacy skills, and will even encourage a bond between parent and child.
I know as a teacher, I encouraged my students all the time to find a book they enjoy and try to read at least 20 minutes a day. Teaching 5th, 6th, and 7th grade language arts, I would see all levels of ability. More times than not, those that struggled in language arts were those that did not put importance in cracking open a book. I tried my hardest to put that lack of desire back in them because of how strongly I feel about it.
Now that I have a little one of my own, I hope to nurture that love of reading in not only Jonathan, but any future kids I may have as well. Even when Jonathan was just the size of a potato, growing inside me, my husband and I would periodically take a few minutes to read him a book. As a tiny newborn, we would rock and read a book to him every night. Now, he looks at books by himself throughout the day. He also signs “book” to me throughout the day, brings me a books, sits in my lap, and we read books five or more times. We also have continued the bedtime reading. He loves it so much, he often cries when the second book for the night is closed because he doesn’t want it to be over. Just the other night he even cried and kept signing “book” because he just didn’t want it to be over! (proud mommy moment) This is a love I hope never goes away!
Some of Jonathan’s newest favorites, that we read 3-4 times a day, are The Biggest Bear in the Woods and The Beginner’s Bible: Timeless Children’s Stories. If you are in search of some great books for your little ones, and you missed one of my previous posts, check out: Must-Have Books for Your Little One.
So until next time,