Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Laundry Is Done . . . kinda

It's been a while since my last post, but if you notice the time this is when I have "time" to write.  Everyone is in bed, and the piles of clean, unfolded laundry were taunting me.  They're now folded, and I promised myself I wouldn't post unless I got the laundry folded first.  I'm not really done though because there's about 3 "dirty" piles still waiting for me to get to them.  Oh well, they will wait another day.

Don't worry this post is NOT about laundry, but it was on my mind when I started writing.

This post is about Jameson.  I have been meaning to write for a couple of weeks now about his newly found interest in chapter books.  I'm not crazy in that way, so I would never offer a chapter book to a 2 year old because I would not expect him to be interested.

About a month ago, I was at my parents' house, and I decided to bring home more of the stuff that still clutters my old room at their house.  Oddly, I have so many things still there that it looks like I still live there.  Anyway, that day I decided I would bring home more of the children's books that I accumulated while taking a children's literature course back when some bad circuitry in my brain had me thinking I would go into teaching (While doing my student teaching semester, I decided it wasn't for me).  

I brought home a small Roald Dahl collection that includes George's Marvelous Medicine, Matilda, The Twits, The BFG, and Esio Trot.  I set them on the desk upstairs, and didn't think much of them until I later saw that Jameson had moved them into his room.  Again, I just thought he would look at them and get bored once he realized they didn't have many pictures.

He didn't.  He asked me to read George's Marvelous Medicine, and we finished it a few days later.  We have since moved on to Matilda.  When I started reading George's Marvelous Medicine, I thought for sure he'd be bored in 5 minutes.  He wasn't.  In fact, he was anxious to find out what was going to happen.  I can't lie -  I was interested too.  It's a nice change reading a chapter book to him since picture books and such can get boring when you're reading them for the tenth time.  On the other hand, some never get old because they're fun to read.

I'm interested to see if he asks me for more once we finish the Roald Dahl set, and I'm wondering where this will lead.  I'm not really a fiction aficionado, but I love non-fiction.  Lately, I've been on a business and financial topics kick.  You don't suppose he'd want to read Family Business Succession with me?  Okay, maybe I'll wait until he's four.


Ward and June said...

I know what you mean about the laundry and the blogging and the time. Our kids are still little and take two ok sized naps and sleep 11-12 hours at night and that is when I do alot of my posting (i just change the dats and times in blogger) but they are crawling and getting into more and more things lately.

We are big on fiction and when they were really little we did more chapter books and adult fiction then picture books but now they are interested in the colors and pictures and we do more picture books.

By the way, I too went to college to be a teacher, never did student teaching but have a huge collection of chapter books that include quite a few Dahl books, he is pretty good.

Chatter said...

That's great! Conner has loved books since he was very young. Biruk on the other hand will barely sit still on my lap to look at a book. He'd rather eat it.