Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Eating Cookies Makes You a Better Reader
Just kidding. Here is the real article title:
An Orderly Home Affects Early Literacy Skills, Study Says
By Debra Lau Whelan -- School Library Journal.
If this is true, my child doesn't have a chance. With two cats in an old house that has forced-air heating, we're very dusty. Wait a minute.... Oh good! There are other factors, too, as examined in the article: home literacy and maternal reading ability are important as well. However, I had to snort when I read this passage:
[Anne] Martin [of Columbia University] notes that perhaps the same mothers who are above-average readers are also those who are more likely to keep a tidy home and to implement daily household routines.
I crave tidiness. You wouldn't know it to look at my desk, but I do. Two weeks ago, I sorted the items on my desk, recycled some papers, shoved a bunch of "to be dealt with later" items in a bag and stacked it on top of my other "to be dealt with later" bags in the bedroom. The insidious clutter has come creeping back. I wonder if my daughter will ever pick up the desire to be tidy. When I was her age, that is, almost six, my bedroom was a wreck, but I had my paperdolls sorted into envelopes I'd made with construction paper and staples. My dollies were all dressed and sitting on their shelves because I didn't want them to get cold, and I certainly didn't want them to feel bad by leaving them lying on the floor. This reminds me of a regular conversation I have with my daughter:
Me: Please pick your dollies up off the floor, They're cold and lonely.
Lucia: Dollies don't get cold! They don't have feelings!
Me: It hurts their feelings when you say that.
Regarding the title of this post, I bought two boxes of Girl Scout Cookies today, even though tomorrow is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. I had a few cookies today and I'm storing the rest in the freezer until Easter.