Okay, so he's not actually reading here, but at three years old, this is as close as this little guy gets to it. I love his dramatic interpretation of the events (with even a slight southern accent for the farmer). Yes, I'm his mom, so he's heard me read this book once a day for the past week and a half (and he does mimic the style in which I read it--with his 3-year-old twist!), but he has always been an incredibly fast memorizer of books nonetheless. This could be just part of who he is (I should get him to recite one of my monologues, right?), but I do wonder if it's easier to memorize when you hear something dramatically read to you (could acting out your history book be the key to memorizing dates and locations? I wonder...).
At these young ages though, we all know children are sponges, soaking up everything around them (what a gift that we can contribute toward their learning!)--so why not soak up some Clicking, Clacking and Mooing? Thanks, Doreen Cronin, for giving us this book which is not only fun to look at (we thank Betsy Lewin for that!), fun to read out loud ourselves, and also a blast to listen to our children "read" out loud. I mean, who doesn't want to hear their 3-year-old say the word "ultimatum" in complete seriousness?
Share your thoughts: Do you have a favorite book your child "reads" to you? Do you infuse some drama into your reading (or do you find your child does it, even if you don't)? How do you think dramatic readings can affect memory?