Young Penelope is a real “bookworm;” she truly loves her assortment of children’s books, and her collection is large, and growing. I dare say: she is obsessed! And she is not even three-years-old yet; her parents are still working on getting that potty training thing down. So though she may be a little reluctant to leave her diapers behind, for the moment, she certainly understands the world of books, because her vocabulary is considered rather advanced. She always makes sure her sentences are understood, and really works hard to enunciate, slow and clear.
“Maleficent, Cruella Deville…” are just a few of the words that totally blew us away!
She is a slender, bright-eyed munchkin, and one look at her will tell you that she is clearly observing everything and everyone, taking her surroundings all in. She is, no doubt, learning from all that she sees, from all that she hears, from all that revolves around her present little world.
Children are sponges, so we all make sure to curb our outside thoughts around her.
She is a normal little girl that also enjoys watching cartoons—Mickey Mouse, Peanuts, Finding Nemo, The Little Mermaid—and she loves her princess characters, like: Belle, Ariel, Sophia, Elsa and Anna. And because she loves these princesses is why she often will dress like one, crowns included. And she has a worthy collection of them in her closet. But, at her age, in her child’s imaginary mind, there is no such thing as merely pretending. She is a princess! And though she loves her many dolls and toys, they are no match for her beloved books, even if she can’t yet read on her own.
Though we will often find her sitting with a book or two, turning pages and reading out loud, making believe she is reading to herself, because she has pretty much memorized many of them.
She has already begun to recognize many words. Enough so that when she is read to, the reader, thinking she is not paying attention, may skip a page, or two, (I am guilty of this!), and she will know. She will, then, casually stand over you and use her slender, little fingers to turn back to the page(s) not finished.
Nothing gets by her, that’s for sure.
The culprits, the responsible parties, are her parents, people who themselves love books, and writing—they are both educated, professional writers. They have been the instigators in creating this little bookworm; they have led the way and opened the door for her, opening many doors, in fact, doors that transport her to new worlds, of fantasy and make-believe.
From the first moments that she wide-eyed began to take notice of the world around her, she was surrounded by bookshelves filled with books, including books her parents were already collecting and reading to her. And from the first moments that she could stand on her own two little feet, she’d use the walls and sofa and coffee table for support so she could make her way to the bookshelves. Then, standing on tiny tip-toes, would reach for her heart’s desire, open the pages of a chosen book, and satisfy her growing curiosity.
From these moments her collection of books began to grow at a faster rate.
Today she has a bookshelf of her own, a worthy collection of books at her disposal. Her books that spill-over and don’t fit in her shelves, or in her room, for that matter, are neatly arranged in Easter baskets, toy buckets, and even found stacked on tables, all strategically placed throughout the house.
Amazing still, she knows exactly where each book can be found!
Penelope has been read to since she was born, read to every night, a long-standing ritual practiced by her mama and papa. For a child that is habitually being read to, the benefits are tenfold: 1) Parents build a stronger relationship with their child. 2) The child develops better speech and communication skills. 3) The child can achieve great academic distinction!
The time spent reading with your children becomes a memorable experience. Why, just watching the expression on their little faces is an invaluable moment. Children that are read to on a regular and daily basis will later love to read on their own, and quite often will be ahead of other students in school, making it that much easier for them to adapt to new surroundings.
Education Provider Gemm Learning says, “Children who have the ability to find the words they want to use are more likely to have a strong self-image, sense of confidence, and higher academic standing.”
“With more knowledge comes more confidence. More confidence builds self-esteem. So it’s a chain reaction.” Gemm Learning says.
We dream a life to be; we live to dream that life! (vka)