I couldn’t imagine having a better class and a better group of teachers to work along side for my first year of teaching. One of the things that is so important to me to instill in my children is a love for reading. We read all the time; during circle time, free play, and while we’re outside. My group will even look at books on their cots until everyone is ready for nap time.
One of the things I try to do to keep the kids interested in picking up a book is being particular on what kinds of books we read and providing books on topics they are interested in. Here lately, my kids have loved playing pets. Specifically cats. They like to pretend they are kittens or play with stuffed animals. During our circle time we’ve been reading the Splat the Cat stories by Rob Scotton and a few of the Chester books by Melanie Watt.
Sometimes when my children are having an off day, like forgetting manners or failing to play nicely with one another, we will read a book that focus on these issues. We talk through it as we read the stories and together brainstorm on how we think the characters should have behaved. You would be surprised the mature answers I will hear from some of my 3 year olds. 🙂
So many learning opportunities are brought forth through the world of literature. Horizons are broadened, new places are visited, and imaginations are allowed to soar. Hopefully this young love of reading will only continue to grow.