9 Fruits Alive by Mindy MacDonald has been a favorite of Pen Elaine’s ever since she spent more time eating books than reading them…this one has always been able to hold her attention. Between the engaging pictures, catchy rhymes, and little plastic fruits that poke out of every page, this cute book is a very practical way to introduce the fruit of the Spirit to the very young learner. The number of words per page is quite small, so you will have the fruit of the Spirit and what they mean memorized in no time at all! Pen Elaine has always enjoyed me pointing out the puppies on multiple pages, and my Honey likes pointing out the old, “faithful” couple as us at 110 years old, still enjoying doughnuts…We got the serendipitous benefit of receiving this book as a hand-me-down, but I would definitely recommend seeking it out on purpose!
Reading together is an opportunity for joint attention or mutual gaze, in which we are both attending to the same point of interest at the same time. Research has shown that infants and young children actually have better memory for objects they’ve seen during joint attention, better learning, and higher brain activation (example article by Reid & Striano) than when attending to the same object independently.