“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” – W.B. Yeats
I experienced a minor parenting realization recently. I was slightly afraid that my 1-year-old might not like to read. It turns out, his reading materials just aren’t age appropriate. This should have been apparent to me when I was reading him One Fish, Two Fish. (Crazy long for a kids book and a bit weird to boot.)
We have an assortment of books that seem guaranteed to entertain, but without guidance, he prefers chewing on them to flipping through them. (Cardboard books are great for teething if you don’t mind your kid eating paper.)
Thankfully, my concern didn’t last long. While researching education methods (relating to a separate concern arising from all the Common Core buzz lately), I discovered that 1-year-olds maybe aren’t that interested in detailed stories and that On the Night You Were Born was probably written more for me, or at least for a bit older audience. (I can’t help but hope he’ll enjoy Tillman’s books eventually though.) I learned it’s okay to read to your toddler while they scoot around the bed, banging on the wall and giggling as they throw themselves onto a pillow pile. Somehow, they’ll benefit from the reading experience anyway.
I enjoyed the research though and have discovered a lot about the world of childhood education. I especially learned from reading personal accounts of how other families are navigating educating their children. I was really inspired by Lacey Myers who shares her experiences in homeschooling her sons and her beautiful storytelling photos on her blog.
So, after all that, I’m wishing all parents navigating the road to raising an “insert-appropriate-adjective-here” child the best.
This post was inspired by The Daily Post prompt.