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Literacy Tip Of The Week

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Hi everyone, how is everyone’s week turning out so far..? Well hope you guys are staying warm here on the east coast because it has been a cold week, thanks to the Nor’easter that took place yesterday.
Now I love reading to my kids, I actually read to them every night before they go to sleep. They just love it and so do I, because it gives us time to bond and hang out. Plus they love hearing new stories about life, the bible, fairy tales and what ever else I read to them.
My Literacy tip comes from doing  just that. You see a lot of people think that you should only read to kids when they are babies or up till they learn to read themselves. The truth is that children should be read to even when they can read for themselves.
As kids become better readers, continue reading aloud to them – only choose more difficult books to help your child learn new vocabulary words, concepts, and ways of telling stories. It works the same way it did when they were little, it really helps to open up their world to build upon what they already know. It also helps bring a parent and child together with the extra time and conversation that takes place.
The best memories I have of my mother when I was a child is of her reading really great books to me and my sisters at bedtime. I grew to love books and my imagination was just filled with wonderful things, plus it made me really happy to be able to spend time with my mom.
What kind of books do your child/children like to have read to them…????

Literacy Tip : Reading aloud to your Child

“Reading aloud and talking about what we’re reading sharpens children’s brains. It helps develop their ability to concentrate at length, to solve problems logically, and to express themselves more easily and clearly.” – Mem Fox
I know personally that reading aloud does help your children build their vocabulary and also their reading skills. Reading for 20 minutes a day is all it takes to really build a strong bond with your child and help them to foster a love of reading.

 

How To Get Your Child To Like School.

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Good morning everyone, how is this beautiful day treating you so far? I hope that everyone is doing ok. Well today it’s no school for my kids as it is I think a Jewish Holiday so all public schools in NYC are closed.

I just wanted to do a short to give a little advice to any parent that is having some trouble with their little one going not wanting to go to school. Now this can either be a pre-schooler, a third grader, or any grade in between or above. I know that some days it may seem really terrifying when you’re dropping your kids off at school and they are crying, screaming, or latching on to you for dear life because they do not want you to leave. It really just breaks your heart, but then sometimes it can be very frustrating to the parent.

You see I have two young boys, one is in kindergarten and the other is in third grade. Now let me tell you that the first week of school was the worst when it came to dropping them off. My kindergartener cried for an hour the first day, so I basically sat in the class room on the floor next to him trying to get him to stop crying so that he could enjoy his first day of school. I am pretty sure that the only reason I didn’t take him back home with me was because his teacher was very comforting and let me know that he would be ok if I left. She also took him and reassured him that I would be back to pick him up very soon.

Now my third grader had days when he would just break down in tears to a point where he broke out in a fever for a few days because he didn’t want to go to school. I completely understood why he was so unhappy about going to school, seeing that he was just transferred and it was a completely now school to him. New teachers, new classmates, no friends yet, it was very daunting for him and he was not afraid to let me know. I was just stomped at what to do to help my two boys feel comfortable leaving me and going to school, and actually liking it.

What did I do you ask???

Well I realized that I needed to do a lot more communicating with my kids, so I came up with a little strategy:

1. I started talking to them the night before school about how nice their teacher was, how awesome their classroom looked and how many cool things they are going to learn at their new school.

2. I let them know what time we would be leaving for school each day and what time I  would be at the door of their classroom to pick them up.

3. I reassured them that it would only be a few hours of school and then I would be right there to bring them home.

4. I also would let them know what we would do when we got home, like play with their favorite toy as soon as we got home, or I would let them know which of their favorite books I was going to read to them at bed time. If I was taking them to the park after school, I would let them know that as well so that they have something to look forward to keep their minds off of being sad.

5. I would repeat steps 1-4 in the morning while we are on our way to school. This just adds double comfort and by consistently reassuring them of what to expect and how great things are going to be in school and after school, after a while they know what to expect and school doesn’t seem like such a big and scary place far away from mommy/daddy anymore.

I have been doing this with my kids for the past two weeks, and though at first it may seem like a lot, if you stick to it you will see great results. My kids love going to school right now  and It is just such a joy to know that they are happy and that we have a good line of communication going.

I hope that this post can be of some help to any parent who are having the same issue I had. Let me know if you are having this problem and how you are handling it..???

 

Literacy Tip Of the week

Do you know a struggling reader?

 Or a child who hates to read? Read aloud to them at least 30 minutes a day, and seek help immediately from a  teacher trained in high quality reading remediation. You will be giving a child hope and the skills to succeed in life.

Having books readily available around the house is a great idea to encourage reading. I have a little box filled with story books next to my kids bed, as well as a box of story books next to their toys in the living room. You can come up with your own creative ways to have books around the house as well, like maybe even having a few in the car. A good idea is to have not just books but even comic books, magazines etc.. things that you know that will interest your child. If your child likes dinosaurs, butterflies, science or dolls, then make sure to have a few story books and magazines about those things. Your little one will love it, and  remember that  learning to read should always be fun and for children.

Encouraging your child to read and reading to them for at least 20 minutes each day is a great way to help your child/children fall in love with books and reading.

For great books, homework helpers and tips for beginning readers and even school age children you can check out my website at http://www.S3753.myubam.com

 

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.

Give the Gift of Reading

Give the Gift of Reading

Help your child with reading from an early age with the Usborne Very First Reading Set.

Usborne Very First Reading is an exciting series for children who are just starting to learn to read. The 15 book boxed set includes a helpful parents’ guide. Very First Reading is designed to bring children up to the level at which they can tackle stories in Usborne First Reading (Level One), which is part of the bestselling Usborne Reading Program.

This Reading set is really great for kids ages 4-7, it is very affordable only $69.99  and the wealth of knowledge and excitement it is going to bring into your childs life is priceless.

I really love this beginners reading set. You can visit my site to purchase this reading set at http://www.myubam.com/S3753.