Hold on to your hats…..because today's post involves something I'm EXTREMELY passionate about. While I talk about my job around these parts every now and again…..I've never been super specific about what I do. I am an elementary school teacher, but I don't have my own classroom. For the last few years, I've been the intervention coordinator at a low performing school here in Los Angeles. What does that mean? I work with small groups of children who are reading significantly below grade level. I absolutely love it. I'm spent the last few years doing research, attending conferences, receiving special training, and studying the science of literacy. It's totally teacherish, and probably really uninteresting to most people…..until they become parents themselves. Then, the goal is for your child to be successful, right? To be comfortable, to thrive, to LOVE to learn.
So, here it is. I'm a pretty live and let live type of parent. I do what works for us. Other people do what works for them. There are some things in parenting that truly are grey area debates. Then there are the black and white facts. Children need to be nourished. They need to be clean. The basics. And they need to be exposed to literature. Every single day. From birth. Yes, I'm serious. Did you know that by age 4, children living in poverty hear 30 million fewer words than children in higher income households? This “word gap” means that those same children who are already facing so much start school with a huge strike against them.
So, starting from day one……read with your little ones. It's an amazingly special thing to do for your child. You bond. They learn to love books. And you'll thank yourself when they're thriving by the time they reach elementary school.
Now, truth number two? Even I get sick of reading the same books. This is my job. My passion. And I've bought Lydia more books than they have in the local library. But, how many times can you read the same board book before you have it memorized?
Enter my new favorite subscription box (yes, I love it more than those beauty boxes that arrive with treats for me)…..Bookroo. When I discovered Bookroo via Instagram a few months back I was REALLY excited. Like, embarrassingly excited. After kicking myself for not thinking of such an awesome idea on my own…..I sent the three brothers (and their wives) that started Bookroo a very enthusiastic email. I basically begged to work with them. Because, I love what they're doing. Bookroo's monthly subscription box arrives in the middle of each month wrapped in eco-friendly packaging and each book is individually wrapped to look like a present. It's the cutest thing ever to watch Lydia tear into the wrapping and to check out her new books each month. Each customer can choose the length of their subscription (we signed up for 6 months to start and plan to renew after that) and the type of book (board books or picture books). The pricing is stellar, and I love having a few surprise books each month to relieve the repeated readings of our old favorites.
Oh, and if you aren't in love with the Bookroo crew already…..they donate books to children in need with a portion of their profits. And one more thing? They're giving one of YOU a Bookroo box, so scroll down to enter and give them a little love!
Because I always like to see specifics……these are months one and two of our Bookroo subscription!