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March 28, 2011

Monday Moments: Reading

Filed under: Monday Moments — by Alison @ 2:57 pm
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As I stand in the messy playroom and try to decide where to locate myself so that I am accessible to both children, I feel something bumping into my leg. I look down as he looks up and says “Bu” holding out Goodnight Gorilla. I ask him if he wants me to read him a book. He nods and grunts his agreement. I settle myself cross-legged on the floor, and he backs into my lap holding his book. While we read the book, he makes animal sounds that don’t always correspond with the pictures, but close enough. He turns the pages and pauses at his favourite pictures. When the book is finished, he makes his sign for “more” (hands to mouth) and we start again. 


Once a month, she comes home from school and happily empties her mail bag to show me the book order forms. I love these forms – the excitement of all the different books and the possible savings. I try to contain myself and let her decide if there’s anything worthwhile. She gets excited by Barbie books, but the level is too advanced and I’m not that keen. At the end of the flyer, we see a Fairy book that comes with a necklace. It’s decided this is the one she needs to have. I fill out the form, we return it in her mail bag and she waits. The first day back after March Break she gets off the school bus full of news. The book order is in. Once the package is opened, the necklace must be worn before we read the book. We settle in on the couch. He climbs up to see the excitement. The story of the Fairy Ballet is told. The book has since been read many times, and the necklace has been worn every day.

Brie at Capital Mom has started Monday Moments to share moments in parenting.


  1. I love these two moments! I can picture both of their excitment. Such a great glimpse into your life.

    And thanks so much for joining me with your second post!

    Comment by Brie — March 28, 2011 @ 6:23 pm |Reply

    • Thanks. I needed the inspiration you provided.

      Comment by Alison — March 28, 2011 @ 10:07 pm |Reply

  2. Great moments! Goodnight Gorilla is one of Juliette’s big faves – we read it a lot 🙂
    I am a bit sad that in French school we don’t get the scholastic flyers, at least not yet. The anticipation and excitement I remember from those as a kid… definitely some memorable moments 🙂

    Comment by Lara — March 28, 2011 @ 8:30 pm |Reply

    • Hug is also popular. And he can get his sister to read it to him.
      The flyers came today, but I don’t think there’s anything great this month.

      Comment by Alison — March 28, 2011 @ 10:09 pm |Reply

  3. I love reading with my daughter too. Reading provides some of the best moments of parenting to be sure. 🙂

    Comment by melgallant — March 28, 2011 @ 9:09 pm |Reply

    • I agree. I also find I use reading for so many purposes- to calm things down, to soothe a hurt, to take a break and to distract.

      Comment by Alison — March 29, 2011 @ 9:19 pm |Reply

  4. We love Hug and Goodnight Gorilla! And Scholastic is fantastic – they have a great variety of vehicle-related books to keep everyone in the house happy 🙂

    Welcome to blog land!

    Comment by Sara — March 29, 2011 @ 11:30 am |Reply

    • I have been quite successful getting things through Scholastic that can’t be found elsewhere. I’m sure we’ll be getting to those vehicle books soon enough 🙂

      Comment by Alison — March 29, 2011 @ 9:21 pm |Reply

  5. Great reading moments :). I love when S brings me a book (“Ree Buk!”), it’s hard to remember to tell her to say please 😉

    PS – We signed with S too, I loved the insights it gave us into her world before she could talk.

    Comment by Sasha — March 29, 2011 @ 1:40 pm |Reply

    • It’s great that they enjoy being read to as much as we enjoy it.
      He only picked up the sign for eat, but uses it when he means more. Not sure what that says about his world 😉

      Comment by Alison — March 29, 2011 @ 9:22 pm |Reply

  6. I couldn’t help but remember my own days of getting the scholastic flyers. I was a voracious reader and I got rewarded regularly with books from the catalog. I love how so many of these moments bring back my own memories in addition to the times with my son!

    Comment by Karen — March 29, 2011 @ 7:26 pm |Reply

    • Books are a big reward here. I can’t help buying them books when I get one for myself.

      Comment by Alison — March 29, 2011 @ 9:26 pm |Reply

  7. Both my boys love bringing home their Scholastic orders. It is definitely a highlight 🙂 Your moment with your son reminds me of my moment with my son. So tender. Love it.

    Comment by Chantal — March 30, 2011 @ 10:45 am |Reply

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