Saturday, January 13, 2007

THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN I BECOME A TEACHER

I am so interested in not only being a great mother and wife, but someday, a great teacher of other children too...I am in school for elementary education and loving every minute of it. I am also constantly interested in reading more and more and more on anything to better myself and to learn how to educate others. I am still reading "The Read~Aloud Handbook" by Jim Trelease, it is amazing. I have the desire to start my classroom days with 10 minutes of reading aloud and then at the end of the day another 10 minutes reading aloud. I think this book is really been eye-opening for me. I truly was of the mindset my child needed to be reading to me at this point. She needed to practice her reading aloud skills. Ha, in your face Tamara...reading TO your child increases her vocabulary, interest in reading and ability to read. WOW! Did you ever think about the difference in your child's reading level versus their listening level? I had NEVER thought about it. What is wrong with me? It seems like that would just be common sense...we talk to children on a much different level than we let them read...I mean think about it, the Dick & Jane books...they are so lame as far as vocabulary...but they sure are great for beginning readers. So why not start reading chapter books to our children (thankfully I have been doing this) LONG before they are able to read chapter books? They can understand things on a far higher level than we give them credit for. I've been saying that about boy baby and girl baby for a long time. It always amazes me to hear parents say their children don't understand things, HA my babies (all four of them) have been spoken to as though they could understand EVERYTHING I say for their entire lives...and THEY respond in such a way that even to people outside of our family, it is obvious they understand what we have been saying to them. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE having the babies...I love anyone's babies...I want them to thrive...in so many ways...

So anyway, I am so excited about this book. The second half of the book is a read aloud list! COOL STUFF MAN!

5 comments:

Jen said...

I wish more people understood the importance of talking and reading to their children. Maybe then, teacher's wouldn't be losing their jobs because of crappy parenting. Sorry, just a little rant there. I absolutely LOVE that book :)

Victoria said...

ha ha not smarter definitely not smarter! I love you!!

victoria said...

ha ha not smarter...definitely not smarter!

Frog Princess said...

Hi, you wote in my blog about my hard to raise child- This was the best way i could come up with to get back to you. I must say i have always wanted to go to Tenessee . i am a Christian too and There are a lot of great books out there. To train up a child is one. It is meant for younger children but it could give you some basic ideas. Also try James Dobson's book Dare to discipline and The strong willed child. neither of which I have read yet but Need too. Also if your eight year old is a boy read bringing up boys that may help too. If you need to contact me more my email address is ram51881@yahoo.com

Crystal said...

This post is soo sooo good!!! It really inspires me to read to Caleb more!!! hugs!!! I LOVE books and so does he and we try to read a lot but with tryng to get ready to travel to Guatemala it is one of the things that have slid!! YIKES!--I love your blog and I love your little paragraph on the side!!! --so well said!!!:o) How awesome it is that you are in school to teach!! I will be praying for you--you are a True Superhero!!! What a busy mom I am sure you must be!!!!

hey I thought I would take a chance to tell you what PINK is--pink is referring to a pink slip once you get the pink slip you are free to travel and you receive an embassy appt.--we will know when we are going to travel --right now we are just waiting around and we could get the call anyday!!! So I am tryng to have everything ready:o)--Thank you so much for asking you are such a sweetie!!!! hugs!!! ps--I ma sorry this is so long!!!