Posts from Your Archives – Parenting – Raising Readers – The Little Engine That Could and the Olympics by D. Metzke

Welcome to more posts from YOUR archives rather than mine. An opportunity to share blog posts from your early days of blogging or that you feel you would like to share with a new audience.. Mine. You can find details at the end of the post.

Today the first blog post by Deana Metzke in August 2016, just after the Olympics. It was not until she was enjoying bedtime reading with her young son that she realised how much he had absorbed from the games.

Parenting · Raising Readers

The Little Engine That Could and the Olympics?

Like many households, we’ve spent a decent amount of time watching the Olympics this past week. Both of my children have learned a lot about different sporting events, recognize and root for specific athletes, and they definitely can recognize the American flag. So tonight, when my son chose the classic book The Little Engine That Could to read, the last thing I expected was a connection to the Olympics. As he often does, my son and I spend a lot of time looking at the illustrations, including the end papers and inside cover.

Tonight, as he pointed to the different trains in the picture, he determined that one was gold, one was silver, and one looked bronze….really? I mean, I realize that we had just finished watching the Olympics before we started getting ready for bed, but I didn’t see this connection coming.

(But…if you really look at the trains, I guess they do look gold, silver, and bronze. This boy surprises me often.)

Once I started reading, he decided a couple of the trains didn’t look so silver and bronze up close, but that didn’t take away from the story. We’ve read this story multiple times before, so he knows the storyline, and his focus was more on the toys in the trains, and which ones he would choose if he had a choice. I always imagined that he would get excited and proud when the little train made it over the hill, but that’s not his focus.

At any rate, my takeaway tonight is…sometimes you don’t know where the connections are going to come from, but it’s still evidence that they are thinking and learning while you’re reading.

(Shout out to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, who sent my son the book when we first enrolled a couple years ago. If you have a child between the ages of 0-5, and you haven’t looked into this program, I strongly suggest that you do so.)

About Deanna Metzke

I am a 30-something wife, mom of two, and book lover who is trying her best to raise children who will enjoy reading long after I’m gone. During the day, I am also a Literacy Coach at an elementary school, which strengthens my drive (or adds to my stress) to have my own children be book lovers.

Connect to Deana on her blog and social media.

Blog: https://raisingreaderssite.wordpress.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DMetzke

My thanks to Deanna for sharing her first blog post and there will be more to follow in the next three weeks. I hope that you will head over and follow her blog. Thanks Sally

If you would like to share some of your archive posts from when you began blogging, then please send up to four links to sally.cronin@moyhill.com

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25 thoughts on “Posts from Your Archives – Parenting – Raising Readers – The Little Engine That Could and the Olympics by D. Metzke

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  3. An interesting and effective way to underscore the point that children always make learning connections to the books we read to them when they are young, even when their take-aways are different from ours.

    Loved this post. I was pleased to see the shout out for Dolly’s Literacy endeavors, Deanna – and thanks for putting your shoulder to the wheel of raising a populace that is literate and broadly educated.
    xx,
    mgh
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

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  4. These covers are eye catching which kids love. Children’s imaginations are remarkable and their observations. They see things we adults often miss. My biggest compliment from one of my 10 grand-kids was, “Grandma, you think just like a kid,”

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  5. Reblogged this on Raising Readers… and commented:
    Sally Cronin is doing this really cool thing where she blog posts from your archives. Although this was my very first post, I never really promoted it because I was still apprehensive about the whole blogging thing. Now a year later, I thought I’d give it a shot. Thanks again Sally!

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