Does anyone else's kiddo do this?
DS2 closes the book. Always has. Even if we are reading to his brother he walks over and closes the book. He's almost 3 and it drives me nuts. I'm ok with him not listening, well not really but you know what I mean, but he stops you from reading to anyone. ugggh. Don't know why either, he's done it since he could crawl over to you.
I think just go with it. That's what I do. And let them see you reading. My kid is obsessed with, "Oh! Mama read a book."
definitely just go with it. Especially at just around age 2, she's got a lot going on- it may seem like forever to her to sit & listen to a story!
And then of course sometimes she'll pull a book down from one of our shelves, Herman Melville seems to be one of her favorites, I think she finished Moby Dick b/c Billy Budd seems to be her favorite now, and sit on the couch with us and "read". Guess I wanted to talk about how cute dd is. But what I'm really saying is go with the flow. However they're interested in books is a good thing. Make sure they see you reading occasionally and make sure they have easy access to books.
momma to 8 yr old dd. Furmom to our menagerie: 2 , 1, 2 , 2 , and 1 silly rabbit.
I think not sitting through the story and just wanting to see the pictures is totally normal. We used to just talk about the pictures, make up things about them, talk about their colors or the sounds the animals make. I think often that kids learn more about the stuff we make up about the pictures than the actual story line.
My dh has managed to read The Wind in The Willows to dd in small installments when they go to bed. He does the night time routine and we all co-sleep. Our version of the book is a big one with some great illustrations. I think she liked his voice reading more than she was able to follow the storyline.
I think reading to your child is one of the most important things!
DD will sit in my lap with a board book on "Colors" or "Counting" or "I Spy", with only one word or sentence and mostly pictures on a page, and she'll point to things and I'll name them, then she'll turn a page, not always in order. It's interactive.
OR, I'll read her a picture book that tells a story while she plays. She'll look up to see the pictures, but is also keeping herself busy, but her ears are open.
Finally, I read her longer stories (Right now, I'm reading her "Jungle Book", before that it was "Alice in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking-Glass") at bedtime while she nurses.
breastfeeding, babywearing, homeschooling Heathen parent to my little Wanderer, 7 1/2 , and baby Elf-stone, 3/11!
DS will brign a book and we read through it with him....and read it again....and again....and again...I point to the various pictures and talk about them, and so now when I ask him about where things are he points to them too....we also act out things from some books, like our wake up book that talks about yawning, stretching and touching toes...he also loves when we use silly voices and ham it up while reading to him.
DS will sit on his own and flip through the book, occasionally making his own sound effects - I found him sprawled on his belly with a few books laying around him a couple weeks ago, and just
DS will bring a book, we start reading it to him, and he will walk away and start playing - DH and I think that sometimes he thinks we look bored and he's just giving us something to do! :LOL
read long stories and read only a bit at a time until they lose interest
read while they are playing
go with their lead and talk about the book
have one child sit in our lap and read a short story to them if they are calm enough
Mama to DS (8) and DD (7) Aristotle was not Belgian. The central message of Buddhism is not "Every man for himself." And the London Underground is not a political movement.
His non-reading behavior may be due to the fact that he's a second child, and I just don't have as much time to sit down and read to him. Or, maybe this is just how he is! Dd, for the record, liked reading pretty much from the get-go, but we made a point to do it a lot with her.