Starting school has been a little rough for my 4 year old granddaughter. Lots of changes in her schedule and her first year of preschool. She’s a bit of a mess actually. Seeking attention by being naughty, not listening, not being safe and running around like a crazy person.
I have become part of her daily routine as she comes to grandma’s in the morning for breakfast and a show. Err… well at least that WAS our routine. This was not working for us.
You have all heard it before. “Noooo, Nooo…. just one more short show, But I’m not done yet. Please, please, please, please” Then came the wailing and gnashing of teeth.
Even though I had given her the “Five more minutes” warning and all the other tricks in my book.
Soooo I told myself, hmmmmmm. my granddaughter and I, we need a new routine in the morning. New rule: No shows in the morning. But what do we do instead you say?
I go to the local library a lot. As I was browsing the children’s section, where I’ve been a million times mind you. I walked over to the wall of picture books. 100 picture books that everyone should read. I picked four. “The Carrot Seed”, “Jamberry”, “Ella Sarah Gets Dressed”, and “The Napping House” by Audrey and Don Wood.
And a new routine was born. Her favorite – “The Napping House” It’s wonderful to see her face light up as she points to the pictures and tells me what will happen next. With each reading we find something new. Grandma’s favorite – “The Carrot Seed” and it’s simple and beautiful message.
So many other bonus’s – no more whining (or very short lived whining). We’re having fun, interacting, laughing and giggling.
I’m a teacher and lover of books, why didn’t I think of this sooner!! I look forward to our morning time together now and I can’t wait to go to the library to switch books. I think I’ll take her with me.