Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Make it purposeful

Posted by Dawn at Tuesday, May 06, 2014
I am a very practical person who doesn't like to waste time or resources on anything useless.
I make sure that the time I have is well-spent, the money I have is well-earned etc etc..

So with that background of me, I tend to be intentional and purposeful in the things I do while parenting. To me, parenting is similar to gardening. Read my previous post on "Gardener of Souls".


Anyway, that is why whenever I visit the library with my children, I make sure I know what I am borrowing. I flash out my cell phone, open up the memo app and look through the long list of Alphabets and Dewey Decimal codes for the books which I have researched on to find.

As I am particular in what my children watch on TV, its the same for books.  At this age, it may not be as bad as there will not be as many trashy stuff in children's books. But I am still particular. So usually, when they select their books, I would sieve through them as well as select my own recommended ones.

Here's some of the books from the library that me and my children love (with the Singapore library number)

1) Berenstain Bears series (English and Chinese versions) - JP BER

2) Little Bear Series (English) - JP MIN

3) Frog and Toad Series (English) - JP LOB
4) Usborne Illustrated Stories - They have many series to this.
  • Usborne illustrated stories from Shakespeare (JL USB)
  • Illustrated classics for children  (JL ILL)
  • Usborne illustrated adventure stories  (JL USB)
  • Usborne illustrated stories for the holidays (JL USB)

and many many more..Go to the National Library Website to search for availability and many more stories from this series!

Though my children still loves to look at pictures and have yet to be independent in their reading, I will still continue to make every effort to introduce them classics and wholesome books as well to continue reading to them because I know the benefits of reading.

Truthfully when I was young, I never really read much books. Either I do not have time or I was simply too lazy to carry it through to finish one. But I am glad I enjoy reading now and I wish for my children to pick up the love of reading!


And to add some fun to reading, I just started the Reading Bingo game for my family.. At the end of crossing out all the boxes, there will be a prize!
(Just seconds later after putting it up on the wall, my younger daughter quickly went to grab a funny book and laughed each time she read just to make it look funnier! She was happy striking off the "Read a Funny Book" box. Initially, she took "David and Goliath" book and insisted it was a funny book because of how funny the giant looked after David hit him with the stone. After crossing her first box, she wanted to read more to cross out the next one..I can't keep up with her!)


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