Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Excitement to the nth degree.

I often take my kids to the library. We go because the play area gives them a chance to interact with other children.

Well, today they discovered something wonderful. The library has books too! I have been trying to guide them in that direction for a long time, but all I got were looks like - this toy dinosaur is way cooler than a book - so I gave up.

I figured we had enough books at home, and we spent enough time reading that they were satisfied with just going to the library to play. Today, however, (to my joy) they started bringing me books they were interested in. The girl brought me the book "Meat Eating Dinosaurs" and the boy choose "The Berenstain Bears family vacation." interesting choices to say the least, but hey, there only one and three.

So I read a little, and they played a little. When the time came to go I asked, "Should we take these books home?" To which the boy replied "No we have to leave it here mom." I laughed as the boy volunteered to put the books back.

Oh well, at least it's a step in the right direction.

That brings me to a question. I must first preface it by saying that I read to my kids and I let my kids see me read, in hopes that they will pick it up. But I wondered if anyone does anything fun to help their kids enjoy books? Is there something out there to help them get more excited about learning to read? Because I feel like I'm on the right track, but I also think there must be more that one could do to inspire a great mind. Any ideas?
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