Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Mooched Mommy Idea #1

My first day as a teacher, I received advice that has changed my life:

"Everyone mooches ideas, no one is original. If you see something you like, copy-cat it!"

I have carried that wisdom into my mommy career and it holds true. If I'm doing something cool or educational with my toddler, I can almost guarantee I mooched the idea. So, without further ado, here is MMI #1:

The Cozy Corner
This idea was mooched from my mommy friend, Julie. The cozy corner is a quiet place in the house, stuffed with blankets, pillow and books. The goal is for children to have a special place to focus on reading. I've been doing it for about a year, and he'll read for up to 20 minutes now. Woo-hoo!

My cozy corner is in my toddler's closet. I sit in there with him and read my book as he reads his. Sometimes he lasts 5 minutes, sometimes he'll go for 20 if the book really catches his attention. Sometimes, he has to sit in his laundry basket to really focus... All I know, is that it's been a brilliant idea to help foster the love of reading in his little 2-year-old heart.



Casey said...

I LOVE it! I must mooch that! I always keep kids books in the car (a pretty big stack and it annoys Justin that they are always there) and anytime we have to wait in the car, we all pull out a book and read. This really helps when the kiddos get old enough for Pre-K and Kindergarten adn you have to wait in those long carlines at school. My hope is that their first instinct when they are older and they have extra time is to pull out a book and read!!

Jamie said...

some of my best memories as a mom...it gets better.

julie said...

Don't give me all the credit....I mooched it off my friend...so your theory proves correct : )