There are many interests, skills and activities I want to expose my daughter, Ala, to so that she can experience a broad range of interests and find what she likes. I hope to instill a passion for reading and nature to Ala.
A passion for reading can lead her to a lifetime of learning and exploration. A passion for nature, it’s environment and all its inhabitants will help give her knowledge, understanding and compassion. Ala is almost three and we’re starting to have a lot of fun with reading and nature in new and exciting ways. She is learning and making connections—we’re talking about experiences! She takes after me and is a natural at outdoor fun. We started reading together when she was in infant. Right now, we’re getting back in the habit of reading before bedtime.
Last night we read half of the Wellie Wishers book, The Muddily Puddily Show. I am so in love with the characters and their friendships—more than Ala is right now! Haha! But she loves the bright pictures and story excitement. I plan to get more of the Wellie Wishers books.
When I was a kid, I thought the American Girl books were awesome. I will never forget Molly McIntire and that her birthday is Earth Day. I always thought that was so cool. I like what the American Girl books represent for girls. The characters are ambitious, independent, creative, loving, friendly, and smart—along with many other amazing attributes young girls should be exposed to!
As autumn continues to move into full swing, I’ve got my mind on how to keep Ala happy, warm and engaged with outdoor activities during the winter, and finding ways to have fun and learn when we spend time indoors while warming up from the cold.
What types of things do you hope your child will be passionate about? Do you have any special activities you do in the winter? What are your child’s favorite books? I would love to hear your suggestions and ideas! Let me know in the comments below.