Monday, January 18, 2010

The Waking Ritual

We cannot blame the schools alone for the dismal decline in SAT verbal scores. When our kids come home from school do they pick up a book or do they sit glued to the tube, watching music videos? Parents, don't make the mistake of thinking your kid only learns between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. ~George Bush

My children have developed a lovely ritual for when they wake.

When little Eee wakes in the morning or after her afternoon sleep, she calls out. Ess often hears her cry and goes in to greet her. She knows the ritual Eee would have her perform.

Ess says "I choose three books for little Eee, then I give her lots more. I get some books for myself and plop them in little Eee's bed and then I get in the bed and I read the books I got for myself and I give them to little Eee."

They read and they read and they read... for an hour or more.

Isn't this a wonderful way to wake and start a time of play. What better introduction to the day I say.

Yet, I lament.

In just over a week, school will commence. Ess and Eee will not have time during the morning rush to continue this ritual. I will need to move them on to eating breakfast, brushing teeth, getting dressed and packing bags. I fear this special time will fade.

Yet, is this reading ritual not a more important way to spend time? Rather than to rush to prepare for school only to wait for the teacher to arrive, for the children to unpack their things and be seated and ready, for something new to learn etc. etc.

All ideas for maintaining this little ritual of my girls own making are warmly welcome.

Many thanks to Homestay Mama whose giveaway I won last year. It was a giveaway which allowed me to purchase these books for my girls. She kindly changed her gift from an American business to an Aussie one so I could purchase books and not have to pay the same price in postage for them. She is a lovely lady, delightfully warm and encouraging and would be very pleased to meet you I am certain. When you pop in to say hello, let her know I sent you.


Homestay Mama said...

Oh, Cee, you make me blush! But I thank you. However, I'm not so sure your readers will find much creative inspiration in my blog.

Here's an idea for your morning reading ritual:
Encourage it on the weekends when they're in school. And then go back to daily morning reading during holidays and summers.

And finally, your post reminded me of the mornings when my son (now 41) was 1 1/2 years old. Here's how the conversation went every morning:
Son: Daddy?
Me: Daddy's at work.
Son: Daddy urk? Oh. Read book?
And then I'd take him out of his crib, and would read to him for about an hour. To this day he's still an avid reader!

Cee said...

What a special memory for you to have recalled. And thankyou for the idea which I will certainly take on board.

Cee said...

What a special memory for you to have recalled. And thankyou for the idea which I will certainly take on board.

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