Pen Elaine’s most favorite book…this week

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We recently had a lot of fun with one of the Fancy Nancy books – Aspiring Artist, by Jane O’Connor (Author), Robin Preiss Glasser (Illustrator). This is a super fun one about Nancy’s Spring Break spent at home, making different types of art on each day of the week, inspired by various classic artists. One day, she even visits an art museum, and a few famous paintings are shown in the book as well. This inspired us to visit an art museum! The most fun result of this book has been the introduction of “Edgar Degas” into my 2-year-old’s everyday vocabulary! We are feeling quite cultured and refined.

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.

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