Do your kids love books? I'm a little bit crazy about children's books and so are my kids, we love to read. If my kids are ever going through something, I'll buy books about it. Kids can learn so much from books, stories help make connections for children!
I started reading to my kids when they were newborns. My daughter would sit through Moo Baa La La La, by Sandra Boynton over and over and over again when she was only weeks old, but my son took much longer to sit through books. Once I discovered how much he loved construction trucks his love for reading was born. It's a blessing and a curse, because now he wants me to sit and read him books about cars while he poops on the potty.
When it comes to teaching and learning, making connections is key. Books can help make connections for young children. In fact any sort of story, musical or play can help a child make connections. This is the beauty of the Arts!
Here is a perfect example. Yesterday we walked onto the campus of my daughters future Kindergarten to drop off her enrollment paperwork. School had just let out and young, excited kids were pouring out of the buildings. My daughter held my hand tight and said, "Wow mom, this is a lot of kids." I could tell it made her feel a little nervous. Heck it made me feel nervous knowing that my little 4 year old would be one of these 430 kids soon.