Tuesday, December 11th
Today I share with you my love of reading. In elementary school we were loaned slim poetry books and inside I found that ordinary every day words could be manipulated in the most delightful ways. Mud-luscious and puddle wonderful became part of a springrain. I could see the young colt running his little hooves miniature thunder when the first snow fell. It was truly wonderful.
As a young mom we moved many times, I always took Patrick to the library to help us settle into a new spot. The important thought here is that we both borrowed books. My love of the written word was nurtured at the library. I could not wait to share Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, e.e. cummings and Robert Louis Stevenson with Patrick. I did not learn of the value of sharing this passion until after he was grown, and I went to college at 40 years of age. As I studied early childhood development, I learned about a child’s brain development and how the brain focuses on specific areas of development at specific times. As a child grows so does his brain and brain connections are made. Repetition is how a connection is soldered.
Know a child who wants the same story read to him over and over? That is a good example. The more connections that can be made the more a child learns. Those connections that are not made are lost. A good example is language ability. Patrick had hearing problems so he was substituting word sounds. A speech therapist was able to help him. The window for language development was still open. If more time had passed and he had not received the needed help this would have been more difficult and possibly affected his speech.
Lynda was my best friend for 40 years. We were new brides and new moms at the same time. Lynda bought beautiful books for her son and took him to the library. Lynda an her hubby both read to their son each night. This did not have the results they had hoped for. Their son did not enjoy reading.
Patrick was taken to the library and he too was read to. Reading became a lifetime passion. What was different? We now know that reading to a child is important, but a child seeing the important adults in his life reading makes a tremendous difference! My dear friend and her hubby never read. At home Patrick saw Grand Pop reading the National Geographic and the newspaper, and both his parents read.
This is a gift only you can give. It will last a lifetime and provide adventure, learning and the gift of understanding and beauty. Read with, read to, and grow in wisdom together.
Tickles, Lovies, Bounces, Fingerplays, Movement Games and World Rhymes www.piercecountylibrary.org
“We Are in A Book” by Mo Will (Hyperion Books for Children)
“Hand Shadows to Be Thrown Upon the Wall” by Henry Bursill (Dover Publication)
“Rhymes About Us” by Marchette Chute (E.P. Dutton & Company, Inc.
“Mousekin Books” by Edna Miller (Prentice-Hall Inc)
“The Golden Treasury of Poetry” (Golden Press) (Western Publishing Company, Inc.)
“How to Find Flower Fairies” (Warner Publishing)
Books by Jan Brett (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)