Daddy's Pride / Reading

  • Three Letter Words

    I "try" to introduce a new three letter word to my son before he heads off to school. The goal is just get him to used to pairing letters and sounds. I am by all means not preparing him for the Scripps National Spelling Bee contest. :) So, you would think forming three letter words daily would be an easy task, but honestly it is not. :) It actually requires a lot of thought after you have exhausted all the obvious words. I probably should start looking up three letters words in the dictionary, especially since I am not ready to create longer words for the little guy. :) And just as important, trying to do this activity consistently is a real challenge. Oh man...the challenges of trying to educate your child.

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  • Bedtime Reading is Back

    Reading books to our son before bedtime is back in action! This shouldn't be that big of deal, but it is to me. I am actually pumped up about this!!! :) You see, we kind of stopped reading to him at night for a little while....we fell out of our routine. So, this weekend the goal is to find some new children books at the local library and book store. Hopefully getting back to this evening routine will help the little man prepare for school and go to bed early. :)

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  • Bedtime Reading

    We read to our son all the time, but around 6 months ago we made a declaration to read to him "every night" before he goes to bed. And this also means we shut off the television, tablet, and phone. It is pretty obvious why we are doing this...we want our child to enjoy reading, and we want him to get away from "in your face" technology for just a little bit. So, I am happy to say that all of our efforts have been paying off, and hopefully it will continue. Every time we get ready to hit the sack the little man requests a book to read. And the best part about it is when we bring home a new book....he gets super excited. :)

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  • Printed Books

    I love reading books. I use to carry a book everywhere I go, and whenever I had couple of minutes to spare, I would just open up my book. However, over the past couple of years I stopped reading. I can easily say that reading books became a pastime thing I use to do. The reasons why I stopped reading is because I became a father. I was a little busy trying to raise a child. :) However, more importantly, I made a decision to not buy printed books because I wanted to start reading books on a tablet....that's the future...right? Well, reading on a tablet is simply not working for me at the moment. I'm not ready for it. Even when my son is fast asleep not trying to get my attention, I would just use the tablet to surf the internet. I can openly say, I lacked any type of focus while trying to read on a device. So, this year one of my many New Year's resolutions includes to start reading again on printed books. However, I am doing it for more than my personal pleasure. I want my son to know the importance of reading, and to one day enjoy it. Even though we read to him every night before bedtime, he does witness many people pulling out their cell phones whenever possible. Therefore, I think in this day and age as a parent I need emphasize reading a little bit more to compete with the likes of facebook, google, youtube, etc. And to teach him this I personally need to show him rather than one day lecturing him. My son needs to see his dad reading real books, rather than looking at a some technological device. If he sees me reading a book, he knows I'm only reading. However, if he sees me looking at my iphone, he really has no idea what I am doing. At the moment my son does not associate using a phone or tablet for reading, along with other stuff like checking email, internet research, paying bill, etc. He just thinks its meant for watching movies and playing educational games. This technology is great, but right now I want my son to learn how to be in the present and use his imagination. He should be trying to read, along with other creative/imaginative outlets like drawing, painting, building, etc. So, I want to pass down my love of reading to my son, and to do this I need to show him. And one way of doing this is to just put away the devices, and lug around 300 page book.

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  • Bookworm


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  • Reading Away

    The little man reading his picture book so intently.

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  • Animal Sounds

    What a smart book. Whoever thought of this was a genius. Pictures of animals combined with the sounds they make is pretty awesome. And the best part is when your child tries to imitate the animal sounds. He giggles and squeals to imitate it. I enjoy seeing him learn.

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  • Let the Reading Begin

    A friend of mine just let me borrow The Hunger Games Trilogy books. I'm super excited to start reading again because it has been a while. My reading has been on and off for the past couple of years because of my personal war on whether I should invest in an e-reader or continue to buy books. I finally figured out a solution. I will just borrow books from friends and the library. Now that I am soon to be back on the wagon, I hope this will influence my son to enjoy reading. I strongly believe that a child will listen and somewhat follow what parents do rather than what they say. I will try to practice what I preach. Right now my son just tries to tear apart our newspapers, magazines, and books. I guess we are heading in the right direction. Hopefully, he will soon realize that all the marks he sees on the pages actually form words which eventually provides information and tells some type of story.

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  • Public Libary

    The other day I went to the public library, and registered for a library card. I figure I might as well take advantage of all the books and resources. As I entered the building the first thing I noticed was that they have a children’s section. This is wonderful and I am really excited about it. We now have free access to children books, and a place to take our son. The weird part about my discovery is that I don’t know why I never thought about the library having a section for kids and reading events. Perhaps I’m just so removed from the public library and all it offers. Unfortunately, when I think of reading, I associate it with a big box store, mom and pop shops, or the internet. So, this new place called the public library that I recently discovered even though I use to visit frequently all the time during my youth will be my son’s new stomping ground. Hopefully he will find books that interest him, and meet other little kids.

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  • Early Learning

    Everyday I have been spending at least 30 minutes showing flash cards to my son. I am trying to teach him colors, shapes, and animals. Some people think I am crazy, but my son seems to enjoy this time more and more everyday. He intensely focuses on the cards I show him, and smiles at the animals and colors he likes. He especially likes sheep and the color red. I don’t know if he is learning anything, but i hope it stimulates his mind, and strengthens our bond.

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  • Father to Son

    My wife gave me this easy to read book that shares quotes, thoughts, and wisdom. It is filled with practical and fun advice for dads.

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  • Bonding

    I started reading to my son at night. I know he does not understand the stories, but the sound of my voice seems to capture his attention. I started reading him Curious George, and I think he enjoyed it. My goal is to start getting in the habit of reading to him and talking to him. Hopefully these baby steps will build a strong father and son relationship. Also, I think this will help me better understand my son’s listening skills, improve my patience level, and be a more involved parent. Let’s see how it goes.

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  • Children's Books

    This past weekend my wife and I were window shopping for fun…well, it was subconsciously for the baby. We came across this quaint little kids store called G.Willikers! in Portsmouth, NH. It has all the toys that boys and girls would enjoy from puzzles to dolls. I fooled around with some of the merchandise, but then went straight to the children’s book section. I love this section because I enjoy reading, and I hope my kid does too. I strongly believe that books provide knowledge and inspiration. There are so many classic and new stories that kids and adults will enjoy. For those that don’t know me, I used to work in the publishing industry as a designer. So seeing all the different types of book covers, drawings, and illustrations at the store was a wonderful sight for me. I enjoyed holding the tangible products and flipping through the pages, especially the interactive ones: pop-up books, coloring books, puppet books, and books that have different type of textures. Lot of fun! While appreciating the book section, I wondered whether children’s books would co-exist with technology in the future. Most of us have transitioned from hard copy to soft copy. We are accustomed to reading anything on the internet such as email, forums, and literature. This behavior will continue to grow as time passes on, however when it comes to young children, I see parents still buying books for them. I think parents will still want their children to hold a book and flip the pages rather than doing a finger swipe on an ipad. Perhaps I am wrong, and technology will take over. I hope not. I just cannot see myself reading a children’s story from an e-reader.

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