Joey loves reading. I mean, apart from TV time which is controlled by us, she spends most of her free time either reading or doing colouring. It's a good hobby to cultivate of course, and I think that's also one of the reasons why she's been able to read better and better nowadays. I am constantly amazed at her ability to recognise words and understand thick storybooks full of words.
Not sure if it's linked, but both hubby and I love reading. When we are into a good book, we usually cannot put it down until we are done with it. It's a good legacy that we've passed on to our kids I suppose. :)
Since young, Joey has always been an active kid, and she cannot sit still. That doesn't mean that she cannot sit quietly and do something because we have seen how she can watch TV or read storybooks for a long period of time without uttering a single sound. She just needs to be occupied constantly, and gets bored very easily if there's nothing to engage her.
And so, now that we found the 'solution' to keep her occupied, this is a very common sight. Joey would bring along her collection of books and read them during taxi rides or while we are waiting for something. Good that she's found something she enjoys doing that would keep her from getting bored (and noisy)!
The younger sister seemed to have lesser problems in this area. Without her sis around to entertain her, she can actually sit quietly and do nothing. When her sis is reading, she steals a read from her side. She cannot read yet of course, but I think it's good that she observes what her sister does, and imitate her. Already, she's showing her love for books gradually. Soon, she'll be able to read, and the joy of reading is bound to captivate her.
But of course, even though reading is a good habit to cultivate, we have to constantly remind Joey to rest her eyes after reading for a while, because reading is one of the near-work activities that can cause myopia to be aggravated. Experts advise that we should rest our eyes by looking at distant places and greeneries after 45 minutes of near-work activities, and that include reading, watching TV, looking at laptop screens, IPADs, gadgets, etc.
It does seem to us that reading is Joey's #1 choice of passing time. How do you or your kids pass their time? :)