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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…????

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..???

 

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.”

 

Is Your Child Being Bullied?

Happy Wednesday everyone, I hope that everyone is doing well today, I know that it is probably a busy week for a lot of people because school has already started in some areas.

Well I wanted to just share some advice on Bullying for those of you that have school aged children. A few years ago my son was in first grade and he really like going to school until one day a boy that was a year older than him started to pick on him. My son was terrified, he was picked on every time he went on the playground, or on the bus, even after school. The bully would call him names, laugh at him, and push him around. My son’s father and I spoke to the teachers and even the principal yet the bullying did not stop. My son would cry because he did not want to go to school, he hated the thought of school, and that was just the most heartbreaking thing to see as a parent. You feel so helpless, but we consistently had talks to our son and encouraged him to stand up for himself, to be strong, bold and not to be afraid because everyone should be treated equally and not be bullied by someone else.

Bullying is very hard on children, it breaks their self-esteem, crushes their hopes and makes them feel shunned from the rest of the world. As parents/adults/friends or just anyone in society it is our duty to be spokesmen & women against bullying. We need to be there and raise the awareness of what bullying can do to children and how we can prevent and stop it from happening. I think  that if more people spoke out against bullying and punishments were put in place for bullies it could drastically lower the number of incidents. Countless children have commited suicide because they were being bullied, and that is unacceptable.

“I am Jack” is a children’s book written by author Susanne Gervay, the book is basically about a boy named Jack who loves going to school until another kid starts calling him “butthead” and then the other kids start calling him that too. It takes you through the life of a child being bullied and how he deals with it and overcomes it. I think that this book will definitely help children understand what bullying is and how to overcome it/deal with it/ and help others who are dealing with being bullied.

I wish I had this book a few years ago to read to my child, but I have it now to read to my youngest child and my niece. Every parent, teacher and student should read this book. It should be read together and discussed. It is so simple and yet so common.

***If you or someone you know has a child that is dealing with this issue you can visit this WEBSITE  http://s3753.myubam.com/p/1593/i-am-jack  to purchase this book. It will make a big difference in a child’s life.

***If you or someone you know needs help or advice on bullying you can visit http://www.pacer.org/bullying/?gclid=CNnmjviOjbICFcXb4AodsE0ApQ . This is a website commited to raising awareness about bullying and helping children and teens stand up and stop it.

NEW & EXCLUSIVE

 

http://s3753.myubam.com/c/1/new-titles?pagenumber=1

Hi everyone, so I’m so sorry that I have been gone for so long. I have been so busy with my kids/work and school. I am happy to say that I am half way finished with my schooling…Yay..!!! My children and I are starting to get ready for their school shopping as well, so we have been busy doing doctor visits and all that great stuff.

Now I would love to say that a few weeks ago I ordered some books and flash cards for my kids which I will do a review on for you guys on my next post. Today however, I wanted to share some New and Exclusive titles from Usborne Books & More.

Usborne
School Friends Series
Welcome to Silver Spires
Drama at Silver Spires 

Welcome to Silver Spires (Book 1): 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?
Drama at Silver Spires (Book 2):  Georgie loves acting and is determined to win her favorite 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?
These are some really cool new books for your girls, that will definitely keep them reading and interested. As always Usborne Books are always safe and inspiring . Now these books are for cildren 10 years and older, there are approximately  150pp. The Paperback copy is very affordable at only $4.99.
If you would like to check out these new titles you can follow the link to my website at : http://s3753.myubam.com/c/1/new-titles?pagenumber=1