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There is this saying that "Motherhood is the hardest job you will ever love." It's true. I love my children and I love my job. My love for my job shows whenever I have the oppertunity to read stories to children. I sing, I dance, and I have a great time. Afterwards, it never fails: several parents will compliment my reading style, and follow- up with the question/statement: You must read to your children all the time!
My answer always is: ABSOLUTELY NOT!
I love my kids don't get me wrong; but at the end of the day I am a momma just like you (unless you're a poppa but you get my point) and I don't want to read a bedtime story every night. And if I read Goodnight Moon ONE MORE FREAKING TIME during the bedtime routine I am going to join that cow jumping over the moon.
I love my kids, don't get me wrong; but at the end of a work day, the LAST thing I want to do is work some more. Even though it is my own kids. Even though I love my job. Think about it: if you are an accountant, do you come home looking forward to helping your child with their math homework? Or if you are a short order cook, do you anticipate coming home after a hard day slaving in the restaurant kitchen, to cook another meal? Don't lie, the answer is no.
So in the spirit of honesty, from one parent to another I will gift to you how I "read" to my children at home. I present to you Tumblebooks. An online database of children's books that read the stories out loud to your kids! Thanks to Tumblebooks I have stopped reading to my children, while enjoying quality time with them before bedtime with a good book. Here is a sneak peek at my simplified bedtime routine that brings the joy of reading into our home.
An added bonus is my 3 year old son is now enjoying beginner chaper books as well. Here he is reading Mercy Watson Thinks Like a Pig by Kate DiCamillo
If you click on the link to the book and look at the right side of your screen, you will notice that Tumblebooks provides:
- Reading Levels
- A/R Levels
- Grade Levels
- Lexile Numbers
- Common Core Standards List
- Accelerated Reader Information (at available for all books sadly)
I know what you are thinking: OMG THIS WILL MAKE MY LIFE SO MUCH EASIER!
You're welcome. And Happy Mother's Day.