Friday, December 5, 2008
Benefits of older siblings
During our home schooling days, Avery will read to Aria when I'm working on a lesson with Alex, and then Alex will read to her when I'm working with Avery. I love this system for 3 reasons: 1) it gives me one-on-one time with each of them 2) it gives Aria an introduction to books and reading, and 3) it gives the older kids confidence in reading.
Even A.J. and Aislynn, who both cannot read yet, will "read" to Aria with picture books. In fact, two-year-old Andrew's favorite book right now is Snow White. That has been read to him so manyt times that he can flip through the pages and tell the story himself, doing the "voices" and everything. It's so cute to see him doing this while sitting next to Aria.
One lucky girl -- it's nice being the youngest of nine!