Monday, February 4, 2013

Almost 3 - Little Bookworm

Anna is about to turn 3. I will be writing a series of posts throughout the next few weeks, in the hopes that it can help me remember what is happening in her world at this time.
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At almost-3, Anna really enjoys curling up with a good book. In fact, I will go out on the limb and say that it is her favorite activity.

She likes being read to, but just as much, she likes to read independently on her own. She has a very good memory and can recite many of the stories that we read to her often.

As a working mom, I can’t read to her during the day, but this is our nightly routine:
- Hubs gives the kids a bath while I shower.
- After I shower, I get Anna dressed and put her on our bed. She reads on her own.
- Then I grab Will – get him dressed, feed him, and put him down for the night.
- I snuggle up with Anna + read her a story or two. Then hubs reads her a story.
- Then we read a short book in her room.
- Lights out.
- [And then we exchange I love you's twice.]

All in all, she gets about 25 minutes of reading a day, but that does not include the time she flips through the books herself.

She was hooked on Winnie-the-Pooh stories for a long time, but after reading them for the zillionth time, I decided I had enough. So now we have moved to reading classic fairy tales (but with a Disney twist!), such as “Rapunzel,” “The Ugly Duckling,” and “The Gingerbread Man.” All with Disney characters mixed in so even I enjoy reading them.

I am glad to see Anna turning into a little bookworm!
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3 comments:

  1. It's so good that Anna enjoys reading and that you're making reading a family activity! My mom read to me when I was little, too (when she managed to stay awake), and I think it's what spurred my love of reading/writing when I got older. You're such a good mommy!

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    1. Thanks Pearl. I try. Good to see you blogging again (again). :)

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  2. Aside from her love of books, Anna is at a testy stage where she's starting to voice her opinion on things. I guess that doesn't really make her testy, we're just not used to getting push back from her. Like with Will, we can pretty much do anything and he just keeps on smiling. I guess it's just a time for both parents and kids to start adjusting our expectations of one another.

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