I am about 3 months into the 1,000 Books before Kindergarten challenge and I must say it is going well. I ask my son every night if he wants to read books with me, he shakes his head yes and runs into my room and tries to climb on the bed. After I bring him a pile of books, he hands me the one he wants to read and we begin. If he doesn’t like the book I am reading, he takes the book from me, closes it, and hands me another one. We are having lots of fun reading together. I have noticed a remarkable improvement in his communication skills as well. He is responding to questions with a yes or no by shaking his head, attempting to say words when he points at things, and he began to say “mama” when he needs me (and sometimes when he doesn’t!).
I attribute this communication improvement to our daily reading adventures. I ask him questions as I read and he interacts with the book by pointing out objects on the pages and turning the pages. We explored a variety of books this month which included colors, shapes, and continued with the touch and feel and lift the flap page books he likes so much. The books he enjoyed the most were the books about our bodies. He loved finding his toes, fingers, and mouth just like the children in the books. We are going to continue to explore more books about parts of the body since he responds so well to them. Our favorite books this month are:
All About Me! ; Baby’s Very First Touchy-Feely Animals Book ; Knees and Toes ; Where is Baby’s Yummy Tummy ; Eyes, Nose, Toes Peekaboo ; Beep! Beep! Peekaboo ; and Baby Loves Peekaboo
We also started to add songs to our story times. He loves the song Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes especially when I sing it fast. We also sang I’m a Little Teapot, This Little Piggy, and Itsy Bitsy Spider. All of these songs involve parts of the body and he seems to really respond to them at this age (20 months old).
If you are interested in starting a story time with your child but may have trouble getting started, the library has many Ready to Read kits available and each one has a different theme. The kits include books, CDs, fingerplays, and an educational toy. To learn more about the kits and early literacy skills check out the library’s website. You can also find tips on reading with your child in the library’s Parent’s Guide.
180 books previously read – 123 books read this month = 303 books read so far
1,000 Books before Kindergarten – 303 books read so far = 697 books left to read
303 books and counting!!!