“Baby” number 2 has books he loves too! Here are the ones he really enjoyed these last six months.
Well it’s been a long time since my last regular post (Jan 1, ahem) so let’s get back on track. I’m a month+ late with this one (oops) but, life intervenes sometimes. Guests, a month of sickness, doctor’s appointments, traveling, and holidays… lots to do.
In the meantime, I have continued to read lots and lots of books. Good thing. I recently learned about researchers Betty Hart and Todd Risley at the University of Kansas and their research on children’s language development. They followed 42 families of different socio-economic backgrounds and recorded every word they said, for one hour per month, over two and a half years. They determined that the number of words the children heard was the most interesting variable as to their vocabulary development by age 3.
They found that babies need to hear 21,000 words a day, or 2,100 words an hour, to have a bigger vocabulary (and what comes along with it). Turns out that’s only about 15 minutes of talking in an hour. (Thanks to Tracy Cutchlow’s book Zero to Five for that information.)
Not only does reading help bring up your child’s vocabulary, but it also gives you some nice family time together.
This is the first time I’ve been late on a book post. I was incredibly on top of Christmas organization this year (cards arrived in friend’s homes starting Nov 30!) but getting a post out on the actual day I wanted to get it out was apparently a challenge. Sigh.
We visited the library a few times this month and took out some more fantastic books. So many great books, in fact, that I have to remind myself not to buy them all. “Just because I like it doesn’t mean we need it!” So I put them on our Amazon wish list for Christmas. Easy solution.
Speaking of Christmas (Merry Christmas Eve!), although my daughter would read Christmas books all year long if I kept them out, I don’t, so when I brought them back out this year (and added a few more) those have topped the list of bedtime stories.
I thought last quarter’s list was massive… this one tops it. Phew. Here goes.
This quarter we have a LOT of books. Partly because we started going to the library more (and actually utilizing the library for the first time in the children’s section – I have taken out a lot of books for me in the past but never children’s books), and partly because she grabbed some old ones off her shelf and refused to go to sleep without reading them. Some may be repeats from previous quarters, but here’s the massive list.
If you’re reading this, my little baby girl is officially a threenager. She’s been preparing extra fun tantrums for the last few months so I think she’ll fall into the new role just fine.
Storytime continues to evolve, and now that we have given her a big girl bed (that took over her reading spot) we’re trying to figure out the best way to read at night. On the bed? In the chair? While bothering her brother? While not bothering the dog? It’s a work in progress.
Luckily she still loves reading and having us read to her, so we will continue to do so until she can do it herself. Then she can read to us!
Here’s what she loved these last few months:
Three months closer to my little girl turning three. It’s true what they say – the days are long but the years are short. I’m trying to savor every story time with her although they’re changing. No longer does she sit still the entire time, and no longer is it just her. Sometimes her little brother joins in too. I hope he’ll have an expansive vocabulary just like she did, and maybe sooner, since he’s getting a dedicated story time from the start (and not just random books I was reading out loud while breastfeeding like I did with my daughter).
She’s been into some fantastic new books this last quarter and I’m loving the new stories we have in our collection. Here are the ones that have been in heavy rotation since December.
I can’t believe the year is almost over. That means my daughter is two and a half years old. 2.5 years since this little (now much bigger) child entered our lives. It’s even more of a striking difference between her starting size and her current size now that we have a newborn in the house, too. My daughter seems enormous!
What else is enormous is her choice in this quarter’s books. Most of these books are age appropriate, but some are big. And long. And I have to find a way to read them FAST because I can’t handle yet another repetition of a 30 page child-novel.
I will say, however, that reading her these enormous books must be helping her vocabulary and sentence structure because this little girl of mine speaks so darn well and clearly for her age. It helps me, as well, to speak more clearly and properly after I read these books aloud. It’s almost as if I can still learn a thing or two…
All right. Onto the books.