6.4.11

the inner librarian

Nava has really been getting into books this past month. She's lways been super interested in having people read to her (since eye surgery) but now she wants to help. At first helping consisted of closing the book. Which I had the feeling was not what she really wanted to so since she was obviously enjoying it.

She got very grabby which is hard when its a lift the flap book and the flaps are just paper. Then I stumbled upon Baby Loves Peekaboo (DK Publishers) in our 2nd hand book box (not sure who gave it to us actually). She LOVED it. It reminded that I'd read back when she was first diagnosed that kids with Down syndrome often respond better to photographs then drawings (abstract representations versus...). And the thing with this book is the flaps are page-sized and the same thickness as the board book pages. I began telling Nava she could do it and after a week or two she did. As of last week she was the official flap opener. Then she started trying to help with other non-flap board books and again ended up closing them mostly. This time I understood better so I helped her guide her hand to flip the page instead. Success! She was so happy to have done it and I was so proud. She's the page turner AND flap flipper now.

She is really into reading! She kisses the babies, talks when reading, clearly follows the pictures, get excited by new images all on top of page turning and flap opening.

YAYAYAYAY! Now to go buy the DK catalouge over on amazon...anyone got 5.99?

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