Thursday, March 8, 2007

What we're reading

When Jo and I go on our adventures when Lili is in preschool we often end up at the library. We typically go once a month now we're going about once a week. I never had a community library growing up (small town) and I hope the girls grow to love the library. So here's what we're reading right now.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Lili is working on rhyming this week in preschool and we've been trying to expand on her preschool curriculum at home by enforcing the lessons on our own. She can name all the animals in the book and loves to say "eeee" for see. She enjoys the sing-song of the words and will often rock when I read it to her. For her birthday this past week some friends bought her the book and a coordinating wooden puzzle...they didn't even know we were reading it right now. How cool is that?

I Want My Potty! We are forever working on potty training with Jo. I think we missed a very good window with baby Eckida was here and now we are just dealing with independence issues. She loves to read the book and knows most of it by heart. She loves when I read it in funny voices. The last page of the book has the potty princess making an oops on the floor. She copied that last night and was very proud of herself for peeing on the floor. Hey, I'll take it right now. Good girl, you went potty!

Voluntary Simplicity. I wrote a post a few back about wanting to get this book. I finally did and am diving into it. Now I just need a few more minutes of alone time so I don't end up reading the same paragraph 15 times. I'm usually reading more than one book at a time so I go back and forth between this I'm Chocolate, You're Vanilla and Living Your Best Life. I love self-help/inspirational books because I don't get much deep adult conversation anymore LOL!

The Sensitive Child. She has thrust this book in my face a few times this week and said "look, read this". We're reading this for Lili to try to understand her store outbursts. If she's overwhelmed she's beyond irrational and cannot be reasoned with. It has very specific steps to try in a tantrum...which is nice when you have too many children crying to think.

A Return to Love. After a long into the night discussion with some friends they recommended this book to us and it's been amazing. We take turns reading chapters out loud to each other and only read when we feel like we need some direction. It's a slow pace but the information always seems to come exactly when we need it. It's made me cry a few times just because it was what I needed to hear when I needed to hear it.

I think reading TO someone is such a great gift to give and a wonderful memory to hold on to.

1 comment:

Maggie said...

I agree -- reading with kids is such a wonderful thing. I just ordered some books from Amazon and they arrived today. I ordered Bridge to Terabithia, Island of the Blue Dolphins, Maniac Magee, and Where the Red Fern Grows in anticipation of my Kid 2 Be, and I ordered Nobody's Children for myself.

I'm going to look into The Sensitive Child. That sounds interesting.