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Just like his older brother, Blake loves to read. There are times when we find him curled up in his chair or on the couch reading book after book. Not that he could actually read the words but he would be so proud to flip through the pages and stack each book on top of each other until he had a tall tower sitting next to him. Some of the favorites we read to him at bedtime, he can recite the last word of each sentence– it’s so cute! It’s a little joy that I hope never leaves him!
Now that we are in back to school mode with big brother Bryce, I will now get a couple days a week to spend with just Blake. I cherished the time I got to spend with Bryce in these early years before school, and I look forward to spending quality time with Blake now. Part of our time will definitely include finding a way to etch out time for reading every day. These quiet, independent moments are so important for Blake so we’ve made it a point to read for at least 15 minutes every day.
I’ve had the boys enrolled in summer reading challenges through our local library, and I want to keep up the momentum. This free printable reading log is perfect…and I know I’d love to track Blake’s progress as we read by coloring in each book. The whole concept of “1,000 books before kindergarten” is a fun motivator that we are shooting for!
Lately, we’ve been reading a lot of books from Priddy. The Priddy brand of books has been around for 20 years, and I remember reading them with Bryce. They are specifically designed to spark a child’s creativity and encourage their development. From classic series like First 100 that teaches babies their first 100 words, numbers, colors, to developing key motor skills through sensory play, Priddy Books are our current go-to in sparking Blake’s curious little mind and developing his skills.
Blake’s favorite is Alphaprints. He loves to look at the colors and practice saying them, and running his fingers over the embossed features of animals created from everyday things from fingerprints to fruits. Oh, the cuteness!
Not only are they affordable, but I love the durable board pages that are perfect for little hands, and perfect for stuffing in diaper bags or strollers to take anywhere. I always have a couple in the car for Blake, and in my bag for church, waiting at a doctor’s office, you name it.
You can get these books on Amazon, or from momsmeet.link/priddyamzn. They make for great baby shower gifts, birthday presents, Easter baskets, stocking stuffers- you name it. A book is a great gift for any occasion, in my opinion. We are big fans of reading in our house, and I hope that love continues for years to come!