Pen Elaine has been obsessed with any Richard Scarry book we own in the past week or two! I have read most stories in his Favorite Storybook Ever, and I probably have The Best Mistake Ever memorized in its entirety. These books are great for learning vocabulary and the ins and outs of all sorts of events and aspects of Busytown. Mr. Scarry is a master of diagraming boats, construction equipment, houses, etc. in a way that small children can appreciate and understand…although I’ve learned a thing or two as well! Plus, the variety of characters are both memorable and love able…and funny too. 🙂
Reading together is a great way to open up opportunities for discussion, even with a 2-and-a-half-year-old! Books open her mind to new possibilities and exploring the unknown. When we read together, we both think of questions that we’d like to ask each other. Pen Elaine is very inquisitive, and most all toddlers and preschoolers go through a very long “why” phase of wanting to understand how the world works. Reading a variety of books together helps encourage and develop curiosity and creativity and school preparedness. Reading together, just like eating dinner together as a family, is a way to promote success in school, teaching your child that they are loved and valued by the time you give to them, time where they can listen and also be heard. Reading is a time to snuggle and have safe touch, important for all areas of development in a young individual.