I have spent the past 18 years in the field of early childhood education as a student and professor. The textbooks are good and the thinkers are some of the best and getting people together to talk about best practices and great ideas and teaching with enthusiasm and pride and professionalism is exciting, but none of it can really ever hold a candle to seeing all of those scholarly thoughts and ideas and lesson plans and reading skills play out right in front of us in real life.
My youngest niece is CJ (age 2) and my youngest nephew is McCoy (age 3). Since they are the littlest of our six wonderful nieces and nephews, they are the most uninhibited about their play and proud of their adventurous spirits. Their families have read books over and over to them, which gives these wonderful kids a sense that they can also read them. They like to try to spell things and draw things and wonder about things and build things and think about things and talk about all kinds of things, and everyone at my house is grateful for such things.
Here are three “moments” that remind us just how great it is to know people under the age of 5!
Whether it is trying to write letters in shaving cream (we also like rolling Hot Wheels through it!), looking through books just before bedtime with all the blankets in the house on top of you, or just sitting in your very own personal “book room” (a little corner of the bedroom with a Winnie-the-Pooh bedsheet for a curtain and a few shelves for favorite books), a book and child will make the best of friends.
We’re fans of the under 5 crowd!