Ingredients for the best story time ever!
Mom (Dad will do)
My little boy
What are your favorite ingredients for story time? What are your favorite books?
My friend and I both share the same desire to provide as many books as possible for our kids. I have no scientific proof for this. I have not studied this. But I feel that by providing my little guy with as many opportunities as I can to read now, it will benefit him in the future. Or maybe that desire is in vain.
Anyway, my little boy has not always loved books. Our story times would last about 5 seconds regularly before he wanted to get down and go play. If we got lucky, they might last 10 seconds or more. I kept trying thinking that some day he will like it and someday he will want to sit still.
As you may have guessed the 5-30 second story time continued for quite sometime until I tried a few tips that some people shared with me. My mother in law recommended starting out that we hold onto the front and back cover of a board book and let my little boy flip through the pages on his own. To me this promotes a sense of self discovery for him as he can look at what he wants in the book and not rigidly turn page by page through the book. I had another friend recommend finding a book with a rhythm. I started looking and came across “Hand, hand, fingers, thumb” by Al Perkins. This a crazy story about monkeys drumming on drums, playing fiddles, playing banjos and picking apples and plums. The fact that they are drumming on drums provides the basis for the rhymes thoughout the books as Al Perkins uses several words to describe the drumming and other sounds with words such as “dum ditty”, “strum” and ”zum”.
This is a fantastic little read that invites rhythm and developing your own kind of melody as well. My little boy enjoys many books, but this one is still his favorite.
P.S. I was not financially reimbursed for any comments made in this post.