Lately when we read, Violet actually likes to read to Lucy. No, she can't read words yet, but she knows a lot of her stories by heart and makes up the rest from the pictures. It's so much fun to watch as a mom!
A lot of our books these days actually come from the Salvation Army. Most are 25-50 cents a book, which you really can't beat, and a lot are in great condition. It's definitely a hunt to dig through all of the shelves and bins and boxes compared to typing in the title of a book on Amazon, but it's worth the savings for sure! Sometimes I have to dig a book back out of Violet's basket that I know she won't like and sneak it back onto the shelf :) I think she enjoys the hunt just as much as I do! Her current favorite books include anything Disney princess, Are You My Mother? and Little Owl Lost (which are very similar storylines), I Want My Hat Back (although she doesn't quite get the story yet she still loves it anyway), a book of fairy and folk tales, and most Dr. Seuss tales.
Next up is Shari of Spearmint Baby. Did you know that her youngest, Rexford, was born only a few days before Violet? We were pregnant "together" and I worked with Shari for a bit when I contributed to Spearmint Baby - she's one of the nicest and hardest working ladies I know! Here's what stories her kids are into...
Hi A Lovely Lark readers! I'm Shari from Spearmintbaby.com and I'm guest posting today for Lauren's "Our Everyday" series...
So, a bit about reading...
This is the first year that both of my kids are going to school full time. Harper is 4.5 and Rexford is 3.5 years. They attend a Spanish immersion elementary school that starts at 3 years old. It is a fabulous curriculum that teaches about a third of the six hour day in Spanish. Once they reach kindergarten it will be 50/50 English/Spanish. When we walk into the classroom each morning we are greeted with, "Buenos dias!" and all kinds of friendly Spanish chatter. It is fascinating to see all of these little ones following Spanish direction already. No joke when they say children are like little sponges! When I pick the kids up from school Harper is usually singing some fun Spanish song (lately Un Elefante se Balanceaba) the entire ride home. She has also started correcting my pronunciation on things like "verde" and "delicioso!"
A few weeks ago, the school sent home the first of the monthly Scholastic Reading Club flyers. The flyers look exactly the same as they did 25 years ago... that same newspaper print! Since they are at an immersion school, Harper and Rex brought home both English and Spanish book flyers. We ordered a ton of new books, mostly in Spanish since our current book collection is almost entirely in English. I love the idea of ordering from Scholastic because each book you purchase earns points for the classroom library. Supporting the public school system and its fabulous teachers is really important to me!
Almost every evening after school we pick out a few of our new books, get into bed, and spend about 15 minutes reading together. The kids are usually exhausted so laying in bed with a bunch of books feels like the right thing to do! (If you're interested all of the books below can be found and ordered through Scholastic.
Thanks so much Lauren for letting me share a bit about the stories we are reading!
And last but not least here's a peek at Drea of OhDearDrea's sweet little Marlowe reading her stories of choice:
My Everyday series if you want to play along!
- Wed Oct 16th - My mom uniform
- Wed Oct 23rd - How we do the grocery store
- Wed Nov 13th - Typical Lunch
- Wed Nov 20th - Naptime
- Dec 4th - Favorite Holiday Traditions
- Wed Dec 11th - Favorite toys
- Wed Jan 15th - Getting the chores done
- Wed Jan 29th -Typical Dinner
- Wed Feb 12th - Arts & Crafts
- Wed Feb 26th - Bedtime