We encourage parents and caregivers to read books to their little ones so warm, fuzzy feelings of comfort and love surround the reading experience. We draw children in with mesmerizing tales of Hansel and Gretel and Little Red Riding Hood. Parents give babies indestructible board books to bang around and plastic books to read at bath time. Children are taught how to hold a book, how to turn the pages and how to "read" the pictures.
It's a fantastic, exciting time for adults because we stand at the edge of the future. We are helping a child discover more than they could ever imagine.
They get a great deal of attention in school and in the homes of middle class American children. In kindergarten it is not unusual to talk with our students about books; favorite books, who reads to/with them, who they read to/with, etc. I've been at this for a while so I thought I heard all of the possible scenarios but one boy happily surprised me when he wrote this...
|I like reading a book to fish.|
He likes to read a book to his fish. As he shared with me how this unfolds in a story full of honesty and innocence I was reminded once again why I love teaching. Children are brilliant!
Just like books.