Nanaystrip's Project Raise A Reader

Tuesday, July 02, 2013 6 Comments A+ a-

Sometimes all we need is a slight push to bring significant changes in our lives. In my case, a two-hour lecture on raising readers  broke my bookstore, TV and bedtime habits in a flash.

Big thanks to Mommies Mariel and Sanne of  The Learning Basket for providing that slight but totally inspiring push to all the parents who attended the Raising Readers lecture last June 15. A few weeks after that learning basket gig at Medela House, here are my first attempts on becoming a better (MOM)me and raising a bookworm. I plan to blog about our journey so I’m reserving my other insights on our Project Raise A Reader soon.

[caption id="attachment_697" align="aligncenter" width="222"]Sanne of The Learning Basket in action! :-) Sanne of The Learning Basket in action! :-)[/caption]

Bedtime books rock!

One of Sanne’s recommendations was for parents to spend at least 20 minutes everyday reading to their children. I have seen my son sit through Mater’s Tall Tales for at least an hour.  Can he endure a 20-minute reading time even without Mater’s tricks and misadventures?

What if we start building the daily routine by reading bedtime books? We tried and it worked!

Take a peek at our first bedtime books.

1) Madeline Loves Animals by Jonathan Bemelmans Marciano

Based on the character created by Ludwig Bemelmans

[caption id="attachment_698" align="aligncenter" width="217"]More Madeline books please! More Madeline books please![/caption]

This is Rio’s first Madeline book. We were lucky to find this classic in a Book Sale branch in Robinson’s Ermita. A few days after the lecture, I literally pulled my husband inside the bookstall, asked him to dive into the books and look for bedtime books. It was one of the best Book Sale moments I had in years. Better than those times when I got Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle and Barbara Ehrenreich’s Nickel and Dimed.

Hearing Rio roar as I we come across Madeline’s encounter with the tiger in the zoo is truly priceless.

[caption id="attachment_699" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Rawrrrrrrrr! Rawrrrrrrrr![/caption]

I also get to practice my birit skills, inspired by Teacher Jeannie of Kindermusik, as I sing “Fly, fly, fly the butterfly.." after we read this line on the book’s first page.

Madeline said, "Good morning, butterfly!" as he flap-flap fluttered by.

2)Time for Bed by Mem Fox

[caption id="attachment_700" align="aligncenter" width="300"]I have to find more Mem Fox books. Patok na patok! I have to find more Mem Fox books. Patok na patok![/caption]

This is another Book Sale treasure we found on that lucky day at the mall.  When I picked up the book and read the lines silently, I knew it would be a big bedtime hit with Rio.

I was so right. Rio easily identified with the different baby animals being put to sleep by their mothers.

[caption id="attachment_701" align="aligncenter" width="300"]It's time for bed,little foal,little foal, I'll whisper a secret, but don't tell a soul. It's time for bed,little foal,little foal, I'll whisper a secret, but don't tell a soul.[/caption]

I even tried my own line : It’s time to sleep, little Rio, little Rio. Tomorrow's another day to  play with Pocoyo!

Fruitful first steps

We have been successful in our first attempts to establish our bedtime reading habit.  After wash time, I join Rio on the bed and start reading our favorite bedtime books. There was even a night when I almost lost my voice after reading ten books ( with a little singing on the side, too)!

Lastly, I have a feeling we are now entering the weaning stage.  I was expecting to feel a little sad when weaning time starts but the past nights proved me wrong. I think saying goodbye to our nursing sessions (this topic merits a future blog post) will be easier because of our newfound bonding time which is our bedtime reading. Crossing my fingers! :-)

Do you have a toddler too? How do you raise him/her to be a reader? Let’s exchange notes and book finds too. I highly recommend the Raising Readers series of Learning Basket. They have another schedule this July 6. Check it out here.  I also bought the newest issue of Smart Parenting (July) and they have articles on raising readers and a list of books for different ages. Grabbing a copy may jumpstart your own raising readers project.



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July 2, 2013 at 9:27 PM delete

Hi Nadia! :) You can check out the wonderful books on The Learning Basket's Facebook page too, for great titles, including the original Madeline series! :) I'm sure Rio will enjoy them. :) God bless!

July 6, 2013 at 10:09 AM delete

Thanks for dropping by Tina! I check their page from time to time. I'm waiting for them to have a copy of The Runaway Bunny :-)
I'm a Book Sale person for as long as I can remember. Now, I make it a point to buy books for Rio whenever I chance upon a Book Sale stall. Any book recommendations Mommy Tina? Would love to peek into your book collection. :-)

July 11, 2013 at 9:04 AM delete

Loving the new look of your blog! anyways, PAGBASA din ang isa sa gusto ko matutunan ng anak ko. But i just wonder, hubby and i are not really much of a bookworm! I guess it will really help kung talagang makikita ni baby na nagbabasa kami mismo, para ma-curious din sya at magsimula nang magbasa! We're still on starting stage doon sa bedtime reading. Thanks for sharing your books, i'll probably look for these books!

July 11, 2013 at 9:43 AM delete

Salamat sa pagbisita! May hangover pa ako sa mga binabasa namin ni Rio kaya nainspire ako magkaroon ng new look. :-)
Yes,parents have to be models in reading. Kaya besides reading time with your kids,best na parents also read a 'real' book (not ebooks in a tablet or any gadget) or kahit newspapers,mags para makita nila na their parents spend time reading.
Marami akong backlog posts sa Project Raise A Reader ko. I'll try to post asap.
Go,go,go tayo sa raising readers goal natin :-)

Raia Dela Pena
September 15, 2013 at 11:43 AM delete

Hey madz, been reading your recent posts in your blog. Bet na bet ko ang raise a reader mode na ito. Will keep your inputs in mind para kay bambam.

September 15, 2013 at 1:21 PM delete

Madz! Salamat sa pagbabasa! I'm so happy napapadaan ka rito. We're starting to build our collection of Filipino books. Kanina napatulog ko si Rio sa kuwento ng Ibong Adarna. But your inaanak still adores Thomas and Lightning Mcqueen! Hehe.