I have been interested in various approaches to parenting and what I've come to conclude is that if we can expose our little ones to a rich enviroment of language, music and rhyme (amongst other things) they'l have a wonderful environment to thirve. It's also widely believed that the sooner we do this the better. The more they hear the more they'll take in and the richer their basis for language.
My interests and experiences lie in art and I feel much more comfortable showing my daughter art and illustrations and also crafting and drawing with her because it's something which comes naturally. But what I am starting to realise about motherhood is that we don't need to teach our little ones much. We just need to experience things with them and that is how they learn and we can learn at the same time too. So I set about finding some wonderful books which allow me to discover and learn alongside my daughter. Classical music and poerty are definitely not a natural fit for me so these books were a really lovely, quick and easy way to try and add a little of each to our daily lives. No research required or time spent working out what we need to know, it's all there in each book.
A Poem for Every Day of the Year
Again this is something I'm not incredibly familiar with but like with the previous book, I thought this was a lovely way to add one poem to our day easily.
A Poem for Every Night of the Year
And if you wanted to add a little more poetry each day, there's this lovely book providing a poem for every evening.
A Year Full of Stories: 52 folk tales and legends from around the world
A year full of stories! I really love this one. My daughter loves stories and I love books that have many different ones. This one has 52 best-loved stories from around the world. It collects together folk tales from home and legends and myths from distant lands to commemorate the changing seasons, cultural events and international festivals throughout the year.
The Gerda Muller Seasons Gift Collection: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter
These are a great collections of books! They don't have any words but gorgeous pages of illustrations so your little one can soak up the pictures and learn the words as you either point out and describe what you see or make your own stories. This gift box includes four mini board books, one for each season. As spring arrives children play with lambs, sow seeds and paint Easter eggs. In summer they fish for tadpoles, play at the beach and eat ice-cream. By autumn the leaves have fallen and it's time to collect horse chestnuts, fly kites and make jam. In winter the snow has come and they have fun ice-skating, feeding the birds, and being cosy inside with the Christmas tree. This adorable collection would make an ideal baby gift or present for a young child, and will encourage their imagination and love of the natural world.