When thinking about a child and their development, the phrase 'children are like sponges' comes to mind. Only now, having had my own little monkey running round for 18 months, do I truly know exactly what that phrase means. George takes in everything, copies everything and smiles and giggles at just about everything (including random strangers that he will point and laugh at in the supermarket, yet somehow they all just laugh back and start up a conversation with him. If we did that, we would be in big trouble!).
In the evenings, we ask George to go and choose a book from his bedroom for story time. Very often, as he runs down the hallway with a grin across his face, the same book comes out with him. Sometimes we are lucky enough to have a new one! But it got me thinking; at the age of 18 months, how does he have such an interest in a particular book and how, when I have hidden that very same book in different places on the bookshelf, can he still find it?! The more I thought about this the more I realised we influence everything in his little life.
There are so many websites on the internet to trawl through and with so much advice, who do you really listen to? One thing they all do agree on is that reading and sharing books supports the development of their growing brains and research shows that it's never too early to start enjoying books. So having read through a lot of research here are my top 5 reasons for sharing stories and books with your little one:
George's recommended read
With the hundreds of books we have accumulated in our house, I thought it would be nice to feature one of George's favourite books at the end of each blog. So here is this weeks. I know this book inside out, back to front and upside down, and George knows where every type of vehicle is hiding on each page. Can you tell this is a regular!