Reading to kids isn’t always easy.

Before I had kids I always thought as long as kids are provided with books and their parents or caregivers sat down with them reading would just be simple. An automatic enjoyment in a child’s life. I was wrong at least when it comes to my children. I always imagined that we’d sit down and read books as my kids sit in my lap and point to the pages in excitement. In actuality it hasn’t been anything like that. When I do get them to read it tends to be a chaotic mess of books all over the place.

I leave books out in the living room, each of their bedrooms, and even a few in their upstairs playroom. However they do gravitate towards the books often although not in terms of actually reading them. My daughters tend to grab out books to play book store in which the book store owners (my daughters) inform the customer (me) that the books aren’t suppose to be read. Other times they make book forts. Which I can rationalize as a way to build their imaginations and logical reasoning skills.

My daughter’s book fort.

Today I asked my daughters to pick out books to read and set a 20 minute timer. We were able to finish several books to the end. As usual my youngest shut a few and exclaimed “no, no,” as she took the book from me. In which we then turned to other more appealing books that she found acceptable for me to read. Certain books she wants all to herself, to point out the pictures in which she isn’t willing to share with her sister. I was surprised that when the timer went off they were still eager to pick out books to read from their pile.

My youngest allowed me to read the entire book of “Ten Little Ladybugs.” She even allowed me to count each ladybug, which is a big win when it comes to reading in our family. My daughter’s favorite of the Sesame Beginnings series is the book “Eyes & Nose, Fingers & Toes.” she had me read it several times in a row and enjoys acting out each part.

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My oldest brought out two of her favorite books in which we incorporated within our arts and crafts time for the day. “Dog man Grime and Punishment.” “Curious George Learns to count from 1-100.”

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My oldest made a paper bag monster by following the steps provided in the book “Dog man Grime And Punishment.”

My daughter’s and I made paper airplanes by following the instructions provided in the book “Curious George Learns to Count From 1-100.” Getting my daughter to count to 100 was a struggle, she gets bored easily and lacks interest in learning. At first she was reluctant to sit down and read the book with me. Now she often asks for it as her bedtime book. Some pages she counts along. The book is neat because it allows the child to count along if they want while still being an actual story that makes sense as a cohesive whole in which if the child doesn’t want to count it works as well.

The point of this post is because I know as myself I need a reminder when I’m in the middle of the homeschool chaos struggling to keep my kids on track that it’s normal and nothing is perfect. Therefore I’m sharing my reading nightmare because sometimes what helps people the most is seeing the imperfection, and knowing that they are not alone. I don’t believe anyone has it all together and all figured out. We’re all just going at it one day at a time. Although I would like to be able to share with you the absolute best books to read with your child or children you teach I must be honest and admit with books as many parts of the educational process it is a child to child preference. However I hope some of the books I shared today may be worth utilizing with the children in your care. With anything stay patient and keep trying to incorporate reading within your day get creative have fun and try not to take it to heart if your child calls a book icky. Also if you don’t want to become a book hoarder check out your local library and explore their online collection.

Preschool toy store scene. I want to buy a ______ at the toy store.

I recently ran out of ink for the printer, my daughter kept asking if I had ink yet because she had a request. Naturally when my husband came home after work with ink my daughter immediately informed me of her request. She wanted a store, and people with masks, because of course masks are mandatory. She said the masks were the most important. This is what I made.

After my daughter and I colored, I laminated, and she cut out the pieces.

I chose a simple sentence “I want to buy a ________ at the toy store,” to fit in a little reading with play time. I’ve been trying to get my daughter to really focus in and learn to read number words. I decided to use this as an opportunity to casually throw that concept in. Originally the people each had a number one, two, three, and four. My daughter cut out all the pieces herself except for the person with the word two, which means my intentions fell short. She got in a short scissor practice so not a total loss.

I chose to refrain from using color because it saves on color ink and currently I’m still out of that because black and white was the only in stock. Also it gives us a chance to sit down together as we color and talk about the picture. I can ask her to read the sentence and look at the words with their corresponding images.

I’ve been making people with shapes recently because it gives me more opportunities to plug in shapes with my youngest daughter. Who will grab anything my oldest is playing with.

Besides the toy scene I made a printable to go along with it. A simple circle the correct number. It looks like this.

I apologize for the crumby state of the images, I had forgotten to take a picture before giving the sheets to my oldest, when my youngest was wide awake and ready to snatch anything. I could have reprinted, or taken a picture from my computer, I figure that’s real life though. I’m just a mom trying to educate my children all awhile dealing with the chaos that comes with it.

Printable isn’t in color, pictures taken after my daughter and I colored the pages.

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Farm scene from an earlier post. I see a __ on the farm.

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Playground scene from an earlier post. I see a __ at the playground.

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