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Literacy Tip Of The Week

Hi everyone, how is your Thursday going so far ?? Well its kind of gloomy here in Brooklyn, but I’m making the best of it. Today I thought that I would share another literacy tip with you all. I’m sure that your little ones are back in school and learning tons of great new things at that. I think that to help them grow in life we should always encourage them to read.
TIP:
Enourage your kids to read…remember the three B’s: Place a box of books where your child eats Breakfast, one in the Bathroom, and one by their Bed. – The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease
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Encourage Your Kids to Develop Healthy Friendships

Friendship is a vital component of childhood that teaches valuable social skills, helps stave off depression and brings with it some of the greatest joys. For some children, making friends comes easy, but others may need some guidance to develop their self-confidence and social skills. If bullying is an issue, talk with your child, and coach him/her to seek help rather than fighting back, contact the school staff, and the offender’s parents as well.

Warning signs a child is being bullied:

1. Has few if any friends he/she spends time with
2. Loses interest in school work, grades start to slide
3. Has unexplained bruises, cuts, scratches
4. Seems anxious & suffers from low self-esteem
5. Seems afraid of going to school.

Tips to help your child to develop healthy friendships:

1. Encourage your child to get involved with extracurricular activities that interest them
2. Be a good role model of making and fostering personal friendships
3. Set clear rules about sharing, and how to treat others
4. Teach conflict solving skills
5. Develop empathy in your child
6. Practice cooperation and problem solving
7. Teach that it’s alright to be different
8. Share stories about others that demonstrate strong friendship skills
 

Usborne Books & More has many wonderful titles that focus on friendship, relationships – and even bullying.

 

Chapter book by Susanne Gervay, 144 pages, Ages 8-12
“…a significant resource for parents, students and teachers. School bullying can have a devastating effect on a child and the school community. It can happen to anyone. Through story journey, I AM JACK emotionally engages the bullied, bully, other children, teachers, parents exploring important ways to create a safer place.”
Welcome to Silver Spires
Katy is nervous about going to boarding school for the first time, especially as she’s got a big secret to hide. The girls in her dorm seem really nice, but when someone sets Katy up for a fall, how will her new friends react?
 
School Friends Series chapter books by Ann Bryant, 176 pages, Ages 10+
Drama at Silver Spires
Georgie loves acting and is determined to win her favourite role in the school play. But her audition goes drastically wrong and an older girl steals the show instead. Will Georgie ever get her chance in the limelight now?
 
School Friends Series chapter books by Ann Bryant, 176 pages, Ages 10+
Chapter book by Krista Blakeney Bell, 176 pages, Ages 10-14
A novel about keeping secrets, family loyalty and the true meaning of friendship.
Chapter book by Krista Blakeney Bell, 176 pages, Ages 10-14
A novel about keeping an open mind, making unexpected friends, and asking the right questions.
Chapter book by Susanne Gervay, 256 pages, Ages 11 years+
An extraordinary story of a journey where pain and trauma become triumph and a passion for living, Butterflies is a coming of age story that celebrates the fighter in all of us.
Picture book by Anette Bley, 36 pages, Ages 3-5
There are all kinds of friends, and all are explored in this lovely, quiet volume by Anette Bley. A tribute to friends of all ages, this is a book to be shared both with those just beginning the process of gathering and making friends, and those who have a lifetime of shared laughter and experiences behind them.
“I wish I had a friend to play with on grey and rainy days. Someone to get in trouble with when I feel like playing tricks. Someone to dance and laugh with when I am happy. A friend who is quiet with me when I feel sad.”

 

Your Kindergartener & Reading

By the end of kindergarten, most children can recognize and write upper and lower case letters. Most kindergartners can read some words and simple books. Kindergartners learn that writing goes from left to right. Kindergartners can understand more than just the plot of a story

Encouraging Your Kindergartner

  • Let your child read the words and offer help only when it’s needed
  • Let your child “share” the reading with you
  • Keep reading sessions short
  • Encourage your child to track the print with a finger, pointing to each word as she/he says it.
  • Don’t limit reading to just books

Reading can be made a part of your childs life by encouraging them to read at any point in the day example: at the grocery store they can help find items on the grocery list, while in the car they can read the street signs as they go by. If you are out shopping they can help you read the isle names and clothing racks. Learning to read  should always be encouraged and nurtured by you. Be an example to your child and always remember to get appropriate age leveled reading for your you young one.

Here is a list of Kindergarten age appropriate books that will definitely help your young one grow in their reading.

http://myubam.com/p/504/fox-on-a-box

http://myubam.com/p/505/goose-on-the-loose

http://myubam.com/p/404/frog-on-a-log-rev

All of the above books were Created in consultation with a language expert, this book is part of an engaging new phonics-based series, especially written to help your child learn to read.  Not only is the story great fun, it also takes into account recent research on the most effective ways of teaching reading.  Stephen Cartwright’s delightful illustrations complement the text and are designed to stimulate further interest.  Fold out pages add to the enjoyment.