By Susanne Loring
Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF)
For about a year now, my knowledge base regarding trucks has grown exponentially. In fact, just the other day I found myself in a deep discussion with my oldest, Tucker, about the workings of the piston on a dump truck. He was explaining it to me in terms that I could understand. He is three.
Since becoming a mom, I have been reminded that you can learn so much about a subject that you previously had very little knowledge on all by reading a book. I often tend to find myself being pulled toward the same types of books and interests out of habit. To be honest, trucks are probably not a topic that I would have chosen to delve into if given the choice, but with Tucker around, this subject is pretty much unavoidable.
We read about trucks every day. When we go to the library, we get books on trucks. I step on trucks in my living room. When I am asked by my twoyear- old to read a truck book even though I just finished reading it, I say yes. I love to listen to him name them all. I love to listen to him make his siren sounds when we turn to his favorite truck page, rescue vehicles.
The fact that I have an opportunity to share time with my son reading and learning about something that he is interested in while he is learning about it at the same time is pretty cool.
And, apparently, my son’s enthusiasm is wearing off on me. The other day, I found myself driving down the street and I screamed, “Oooh, look! A dump truck!” only to realize that I was the only one in the car.