Prior to bringing Mekonen home, I had these great visions of us sitting in his rocking chair every night for storytime, and no matter what stories we read, always ending with the traditional favorite Goodnight Moon. So what do I have to say to that plan? YEAH RIGHT!
Mekonen typically wants nothing to do with storytime and as soon as you hit that rocking chair at night, he knows he's supposed to have a bottle. If you even attempt a story he will arch his back and scream. It's actually quite comical.
So I moved storytime to the morning hours. Usually after his bottle we read books. Or should I say, attempt to read books. The teacher in me wants him to love books and being read to, and obviously eventually learn to read and enjoy doing it himself. So far? We have not had much progress.... EXCEPT FOR.....
It's the only book Mekonen will let you read from beginning to end. It's the only book he won't arch his back and scream to, trying desperately to get down. If you start with another book, he gets mad, but if you quickly switch it to Dr. Seuss's ABC's then he instantly stops and just stares at the book. It's so funny because the pictures and colors in this book are not that elaborate, and quite boring compared to all the other fun books we have.
So after about two months of reading only Dr. Seuss's ABC's, I've finally gotten Mekonen to sit and listen to Brown Bear, Brown Bear, and a couple books by Sandra Boynton. These books (including the ABC book) all have a rhyme/rhythm to them which is what I think he likes. (Although he doesn't like any other Dr. Seuss books either). If you read a book without a rhythm, he gets mad. It's hilarious. The only way we can read him his Jesus Storybook Bible is while he's drinking his bottle or eating. So here's our little guy proudly displaying his all-time favorite book. Jon and I laugh about how we already have this book memorized. Jon will say a letter of the alphabet and I can proudly recite the little rhyme from the book that goes with it.