Secrets of the Apple Tree
🌈 Book Reading 🌈
Nicholas and I have always loved reading books to our children! Book reading has so many benefits, including:
📚 Expanding vocabulary
📖 Teaching empathy
📚 Promoting a longer attention span
📖 Providing opportunities for bonding
📚 Improving listening and critical thinking skills
📖 Expanding receptive and expressive language
... And the list goes on and on!
Just as we read books about "Starting to use the potty" or "Getting ready for a new sibling", we can do the same thing with trying new foods! We utilize books in these situations to be able to bring positivity to what initially can be negative. Books have a way of using color, creativity, and engagement that can make foods more fun.
"Secrets of the Apple Tree ( A Shine-A-Light book)" from @usborne_books has been one of the favorites in our house. It never gets old being able to use a flashlight to uncover hidden items in the pictures. In this book, children learn about apples, apple trees, a variety of animals/insects, different habitats, and more. After reading this, you can take an apple, cut it in half, and let your child explore its different parts – skin, seeds, core, stem, and flesh.
The amount of language stimulation that can be found in books is quite amazing, when you sit down and look at all of the different learning opportunities that can be provided. We aren't just simply saying words when we read to our children, but we are truly enriching their minds and lives with so much more. 📚