Malachy LOVES rice and he LOVES noodle soup, so this book was very fitting for him. I hope he doesn’t lose that joy of reading that he has right now.
A couple of weeks ago, I believe Uncle Chris was having a conversation with Malachy about sharks and whales and dolphins. (I wish we tape-recorded all of the conversations they have had!) That made me think of a non-fiction book that I had read once to Malachy. So, I took it out, and asked if he could read it to his uncle. He started to read with lots fluency and inflection, and I was like, “WOW!” Where’d he learn that? I guess it was from me and Shien reading to him night after night, watching Sesame Street every now and then, and having amazing conversations with his uncle and family and friends. And now, with going to school, he’s just surrounded by books and language. He’s always loved his letters and words, and talking, too!
So, that night, before bedtime, I asked him if I could film him reading (Uncle Chris had requested it, too), and so, he read and read and read, and made all sorts of connections and conversation. Another Malachy Classic! 😉 I had to break it into 3 parts on YouTube, because they only let you have 10 minutes at a time. 😉
Reading at 3, better than me! Ai ya! 🙂
I remember speaking with a colleague of mine one evening, when I was in the Aspiring Leadership Program. He had a daughter just a few weeks younger than Malachy. He told me about how he read to his daughter every night since she was a “baby.” Here, at 4 months, I was thinking I had missed so much time reading to Malachy! What was I thinking? I was a teacher, too, and I wasn’t reading to my child! So, from 4 months onward, we have missed only a handful of nights. (And the only excuse was that we had come home late from a gathering, and he had knocked out.) Before bed, and after brushing, we have read to him and with him EVERY night. The book of choice? The one we read the most? Goodnight Moon, almost every night, for over a year. We also read The Very Hungry Caterpillar many many a time. He loved it, and we loved it. And, before age 3, he started to read! I never would have thought that was possible.