Now, we weren’t the type to be reading baby books to my rounded, pregnant belly, we have read to him since his very first weeks after birth. When when those eyes didn’t seem like they could see past the nose in front of his tiny, little face. Even when he would fall asleep after the first page, get extremely hungry after the second.
While student teaching in Kinder, some of the kids didn’t know how to hold a book, where the front cover was, which side was up or which is down. As I showed these kids the front cover, how to turn a page, how to read from left to right, I saw how much they loved it, they LOVED reading. I knew they could have loved it earlier.
Our boy may be small, and he may not be able to talk, or walk, or lets face, even do a normal crawl on his knees, but this boy knows books. He LOVES them, sometimes too much. We aim to read at least 2 a day to him. And he’s into it. He sings along, he points, I sometimes have to hand him a blanket so his doesn’t yank it out of my hands mid word.
We don’t have a whole lot of books, but that’s ok. He’s hearing the words, seeing the pictures. We count objects on the page.
So how early is too early? What I’ve learned from teaching is that I am always surprised at how quickly kids pick up on things that I would initially think too hard for them, or out of grasp. I like to keep it light, short and fun. I don’t want it to be a chore, but a fun family event. When he’s done, so am I. And yes, I get my crazy character voices on, sometimes. It’s a fun time.