Monday, January 5, 2015

For the love of our children.....


"Teaching Your Child Through Play"

I tried to teach my child with books
He gave me only puzzled looks.

I tried to teach my child with words.
They passed him by often unheard.

Despairingly, I turned aside.
"How shall I teach this child?" I cried.

Into my hand he put the key,
"Come," he said, "play with me."

~Author Unknown~



To clarify, I had a great love of books that was passed down to me by my parents.  When I was very young they read to me all the time and because of it I developed a love of reading, and loved learning new words, still do.  My own interpretation of this poem is that it is letting us know a child needs its parent to be involved not only in their education, which is obviously extremely important, but in their playtime too.  I fully believe that playtime with a child is a stepping stone, a building block to knowledge.  Those books will be picked up willingly, and so will words be learned, and so many other things.  I would dearly love to hear your own interpretations of this poem if you have the time.

35 comments:

Elephant's Child said...

Love your new header - and the poem.
Just the same I am very, very glad that my parents gave me the gift of pleasure in books.

Cloudia said...

another lovely, and a wise post, D.


Congrats on winning Tex's art too!





Warm ALOHA from Honolulu
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<3

Red said...

We get a little over anxious to teach our kids. Play is important . I like the poem you found.

Linda said...

Lovely poem, Denise, and your header is breathtaking!

Stephanie said...

It is a great poem. It speaks volumes on having interaction between parents and kids. Congrats on winning the bear art from Teresa.

Indrani said...

A great message for every parent through this post.
Loved the pics.

Happy New Year to you!

Ginny said...

Well, I do think that learning needs to be fun!! And not a boring desk job for kids who can't sit still. Your header is beautiful, you must have taken it from up on a hill.

Margaret Adamson said...

I played and read books to both my girls and now they do the same for their children.

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

An English Girl Rambles with....Bill Brewer, Jan Stewer, Peter Gurney, Peter Davy, Dan'l Whiddon, Harry Hawke, Old Uncle Tom Cobley and all, unless I'm very much mistaken. Play is the starting point; books and words come later.

eileeninmd said...

Denise, what a lovely poem! I believe it is very important for the parent to be involved with their childs playtime and development.. Great post, have a happy day!

Kerri Farley said...

Excellent post!!!

gigihawaii said...

Wise poem. These days, so many kids play with iPads, TVs, and other electronic gadgets rather than with their parents. Sad.

Linda Gross said...

Oh I recognize that first photograph...sculpture park in Oslo, Norway! I enjoy sitting with our granddaughters and reading to them. I enjoy, too, sitting on the floor with them and playing with their toys. Children are so creative when it comes to playtime!

Knipsa Passtscho said...

Congratulations on your new teddybear :)
Love your new header, it's breath taking!
My parents used to read books alot - so I started to read myself early. I even taught myself a little bit by asking what letters they were, the rest I could figure out myself :))
And my mom did a lot of crafts with me, so that is stuck inside of me forever :)
I'm grateful for beeing taught some useful things instead of knowing how to turn on the tv or play at the computer all the time. And we didn't have a tv until I was 12 :D
And so I still love listening to the radio :)
Wish you a happy new year and a wonderful day :)
【ツ】Knipsa

TexWisGirl said...

really sweet. :)

Penelope Puddlisms said...

Play and reading of books promote healthier lifestyles in my view. I, too, loved books as a child and in turn enjoyed reading to my daughter. The real and imaginary worlds discovered in the pages WAS play in a sense. I think the main thing is to interact with a child. Too often moms and dads are staring into their phones and not engaging their children. At the same time, children who also know how to amuse themselves through play tend to grow up particularly creative.

Debbie said...

love the poem!!

being a parent, should come with directions!!!

but I feel I did well, navigating the waters of motherhood. we read a book together, every night. when it was chucks turn to read, he was always more tired then the boys. he tried to skip pages, but the boys always called him out on it and made him go back. it was so funny as they would tattle on him, they knew what he was up to!!!

RoeH said...

That is so true. When I was in DC I loved just playing with them. The eleven year old is an avid reader. She reminds me of Brick on The Middle. Always has her nose in a book. The little one has such a joyful personality and witty sayings. I've decided that children are not nearly as much of a gift as grandchildren are. Except the obvious. But it's entirely a different feeling. Or a different love.

Sandra said...

i am an avid reader and my parents never read to me, i started at 5 and it is a rare day that i do not read. i like the poem a lot and agree, with it but only somewhat. i watch the parents today who play and become friends not parents. they treat the children like playmates and can not control them, most of the children i see today do what the want when they want and how they want. that is not good. they need a little play and a ot of parenting. and to know who is in charge and it is not them..

Linda Kay said...

May daughter and SIL both are involved in my grandson's life, both in play and in reading and homework. He's only seven, very active, but loves to read. My daughter even used to create stories from prompts he gave her when he was very small. Now he can create his own, and does a great job.

William Kendall said...

I tend to agree with your interpretation. I know I was reading before I went to school.

carolann said...

I agree with you 100% with your poem. If dad and Mom will put down the cellphones for two seconds, i pods the picture pads. Too many parents are addicted to that. And other finger addicted toys. On T.V they asked parents. Can you do with out your toys. They said it is hard. Sad.

I see those habits can fall on young hands and then games and communications linger behind.

A child needs communication eye to eye.

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

Nice poem. I taught my kids many things and played with them sometimes too. Once when we were living in Hawaii, we made leis. Another time we turned bowling pins into dolls. And we did a lot of camping and fishing too.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

And then they turn into teenagers and want to be left alone.

Mama Zen said...

I totally agree with you.

Tanya Breese said...

oh i love that!!

Adam said...

that's a rather strange statue

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

We were and are a reading family too and I truly did miss reading aloud to my kids ... And loved it when the grands stayed over and we could read with them. But I understand and love the poem as well. It's all about the attention ...and honoring the children's "job" which is to play and learn. Building blocks, tea parties , camping, hikes .and more ..... We did it all and we loved it. (Of course my house was always a mess! I always loved to play more than work!)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

One more thing ... When our daughters kids were toddlers, all we did when they visited us (without their parents) was play. We'd order pizza or something for dinner as I couldn't ever get anything else done. Then on one occasion when their whole family was at our house the grow ups were chatting together and our grandson tugged on my hand and said"how come you want to talk to the grown ups grandma?" He must have thought I was a very large and wrinkled child.... A fun memory!

Michelle said...

Play is crucial for children. Great post.

bj said...

I truly think that one reason children love their grandparents so much...they have time to play..I mean, get down in the floor type playing. I know when I was raising our children, we played...a lot...I was a stay at home mom with a lot more time than those mamas that worked. I think playing is so so important...and when parents work and barely have time to fix dinner and keep clothes clean, the grandparents are usually the ones that supply the play.

Susan said...

I too love your header... such gorgeous scenery. Makes one want to ramble all through it :D)
I did enjoy the poem and, yes, books are so important. As a child, it was through books that my imagination was sparked. It's lovely to see that love having filtered down through our family.
A most thoughtful post :D)

Barbara said...

Such a need these days for children to be brought up on books. My children were and now my Grandchildren have a vast library at 8 and 5.

David Gascoigne said...

Truly lovely countryside; bucolic and peaceful. Too bad we can't say that about the world today.

Kay said...

This is so true, isn't it? I'm happy to see my daughter and son-in-law following this advice.