Tuesday, June 05, 2012

goodnight moon

Goodnight Moon was a treasured bedtime favorite for my son when he was a toddler.  Now that I am waiting for my grandchild to be born, I find myself browsing for children's books again.  A career of teaching children to read (along with scads of research) reinforces my belief that children should be read to as often as possible, hopefully starting from the time they are still in the womb.  Goodnight Moon is a lovely, soothing, rhyming bedtime classic.  Children love to hear familiar lyrics and stories over and over again.  This exposure to hearing literature establishes language patterns that are essential steps toward reading.  I've heard so many parents complain that their children have memorized the story and aren't really reading it.  I tell them to celebrate that step as a huge developmental leap to them becoming independent readers!

So what has me thinking about Goodnight Moon in particular?  Well, this from two evenings ago.

And this from last evening.
Although I never did get around to blogging about the supermoon in May, I did take a photo.
All pictures were taken from my deck overlooking the park.  The first one includes the rooftops of the RCMP Depot Division.

We have a fair bit of cloud today so I doubt if we will get a chance to witness the rare Transit of Venus unfortunately.


Lynn said...

We never did Goodnight moon but we did do a book called going to sleep on the farm. That book saw a LOT of action! I would read it at night and my son would read it during the day. He LOVED books, I had a lot, hand me downs from other ppl and I let him look thru them all. He was very careful with the pages but if they got ripped, I'd tape them up adn he'd go back to them. I WANTED him to go thru books, and while I taught him to be careful, I was more concerned with him enjoying the book than worrying abt a wrinkled or ripped page. He would let me read to him, but Baby Girl would NOT sit in my lap and let me read to her. She had to read them herself! She *read* the pictures and that made her feel very grown up. Again my concern was them enjoying the books, not the fact that I was sad she wouldnt let me read to her.

They are both good readers, esp Baby Girl.

Good for you for looking for books already. And exciting to see what kind of yarn you'll be needing next. Its amazing how CLEAR the sonograms are now!!!

Lovs2Knit said...

My girls loved Goodnight Moon. My youngest also loved Where is the Green Sheep by Mem Fox and Guess How much I love you by Sam McBratney.

I loved seeing the sonograms for both my girls and hearing the heartbeat for the first time too.