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    Quote Originally Posted by carang View Post
    thanks sunnie...can't get around too much after surgery, maybe i'll try next week. let me know if there's anything left!
    Sure! Will let you know

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    ABSOLUTELY LOVE alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good very bad day!
    i actually have a version that has two other stories as well. i remember my teacher reading us the book when i was in grade school!

    i also LOVE anything by the canadian (professional) storyteller ROBERT MUNSCH. most of his stories are very funny("stephanie's ponytail," "i have to go," "thomas' snowsuit," "angela's airplane," "andrew's loose tooth," "the paperbag princess" are just a few of my favourites!), but there are a couple that make me cry EVERY time i read them ("love you forever"...gotta get out my tissue box!)

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    oh, and every child i have ever read it to LOVES "MORTIMER" about a little boy who doesn't like to go to sleep at night!
    after the first couple of reads, the kids all sing the song with me!
    "clang, clang rattle bing bang,
    gonna make my noise all day!
    clang, clang rattle bing bang,
    gonna make my noise all day!"

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    You can not force a child to read before they are ready, to do so will only turn them off reading.

    However I think it's important to instill in children a love for reading as early as possible.
    I have been reading to my son since he was born and now at 18 months old he will happily sit while I read him stories; he will also go and sit by himself and 'read' his books to himself.

    I have started to point out letters and their sounds when we are out and about, if he notices them. We also have magnetic letters on the fridge that he loves to play with and alphabet cutters for playdough. But we don't sit down and specifically learn the letters, if he wants to play with them anyway, so I'll tell him the sounds etc.

    Pre nursery classes for 2 yr olds five days a week is very popular in HK....but it is not something I am comfortable with. Personally I think it is too much and unnecessary for a 2 yr old. I'm much rather my son was at the park, or at the pool.


    A 2 yr old doesn't have to attend 'school' to learn how to socialise and interact. Simply playing with their friends, and other children will help teach them how to do that. As will attending more informal playgroups.

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    Some books my son loves,

    'Peepo,' by Janet and Alan Ahlberg (this is a classic and a book I had as a child)
    'Dear Zoo,'
    'Walking through the Jungle,' by Julie Lancombe
    'Where is Spot?' by Eric Hill
    'Who's hiding under the sea?' Julie Tarbett
    Anything by Eric Carle

    I LOVE to read and devour books myself, so am keen for my son to do the same. He currently has his own library that grows and grows!

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    I LOOVVVEEE kids books. I've ALWAYS been into books... and having a sister 16 years younger than me, I've read a LOT of books to her - even though I don't YET have my own children. It's one of the things I'm MOST looking forward to about being a mother!! (I'm due in October)

    One of my favourites is "Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy" - the words have such a rhythm that is SOOOO much fun!! There are a BUNCH of Hairy Maclary books though - go to this webpage: http://www.murphsplace.com/crowe/cha...iry-story.html for a bit of a read of one of the stories. SOOOO much fun!!

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    Oh - and I'm teaching English, yesterday I had some new classes... I had a ONE year old in there - who practically screamed the whole time, gave me a headache... but personally, I don't think she's even ready for this class - even though she's "smart" and at one, knows ALL her alphabet, she's just not "mature" enough, you know??? But such is Hong Kong!!

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    Agree with nicolejoy about the HairyMacLarry series! We have as much fun reading the books to our kids as they enjoy listening to them. Books with nice rhythms when read aloud are always a hit, e.g. Brown Bear, Brown Bear; Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, The Moon in My Room (even comes with a night light that the LOs love to press to turn on), Julia Donaldson books, etc.

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