Gender stereotyping doesn’t exist only in the professions we choose, but also in the choices we make in working towards those professions. I hope one day, when my children are older and making these choices for themselves, maternity matches paternity, and both parents are able to freely choose what their heart desires, for their work and their family, because that is what it truly boils down to. Equal choice.
We were gifted a version of the Mahabharata. The book looked a bit old school and while big print, it was still quite a lot of text. 108 pages of text! I didn’t expect my 4.5 year old to take to it, but oh was I surprised. He didn’t just enjoy it, instead he has delved into the subject as if he’s preparing for a kiddies doctoral thesis.
A beautiful read, Clock In The Jungle author Ketki Pandit artfully takes little readers and listeners through the time table of jungle life, particularly the lives of the animals that inhabit the Western Ghats.
Because a book a day keeps us going in every which way! Here is our Top Thirty books for 3-6 year olds.
Our reading journey has always been supported by a melting pot of different kinds of books. But the stories that we have seen work the magic that only books can, are the ones where the underlying thread is about human emotions. Little children deal with such big big feelings, and we often get trapped in naming those feelings. What has worked for us, though, is not naming them, but seeing them imbibed in characters, and learning how to nurture or manage them through the story arc.
When my first was born, we bought a flurry of books, hard, soft, black and white, colourful, pop ups, stories, sounds books, shapes, lift-the-flaps, whatever one may find. So by the time smallie arrived, we…Continue Reading