An Investment in Children’s Books Is an Investment in Their Future

There are a myriad reasons why an investment in children’s books really is an investment in their future learning and development.

Reading books can stimulate children of all ages, in highly different ways. For kids aged zero to two years, effectively babies and young toddlers, it’s more about the visual stimulation, touch and bonding between parent and child that is most important.

Typically, baby books are brightly coloured, textured and chunky – making them perfect for getting baby’s senses going. As they get older, they are more excited by books with button-activated noises, lights and lift-flaps, as different areas of their brain begin to develop and pay attention to what’s going on in front of their eyes.

Two to three-year-olds become more interested in the actual words, as they explore the world of talking. They tend to find one page or book and focus on it, asking their mums and dads to read it over and over again – frustrating for adults but great for kiddies’ memory skills! Their favourite characters, such as those from movies, are a particular favourite at this age, as they really feel they are engaging with the character’s ‘life’.

As your little ones grow and begin to reach the ripe old age of five, they can handle slightly more complex texts and character stories. By this stage, they can predict what might happen, repeat the words they hear and learn about the subjects portrayed in books. For this reason, it is crucial to introduce not only works of fiction, but perhaps creative non-fiction, allowing them to learn about subjects like animals, history and fantasies such as pirates and mermaids.

When children begin to get older, they can really expand their vocabulary and knowledge by reading aloud from books, rather than just to themselves. This is also an excellent way for them to feel more grown-up, particularly if you are pro-active in asking them to read you a bedtime story!

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Louis Sharman is a freelance author writes article on various topics. To learn more about various bookstores and Online Bookshops he recommends you to visit http://www.foyles.co.uk

The Importance of Creativity in Modern Teaching

The question whether formal education and the degrees associated with it is more a matter of concern or whether the all round development of the child and being a complete human is every aspect is more important is an ongoing debate that have set parents and teachers alike thinking.

However, it has been agreed that a formal education and degree is what it takes to build a successful career and there are few experimental people who dare not to pursue formal studies and set out on their own. On the other hand, too much of studying and technicalities have indeed reduced the perception powers of the students to the brighter and more beautiful things of life. Modern researchers are now indeed stressing that new ways of teaching should be invented so that the young minds blossom into individuals who are aware of everything that life has to offer, instead of just being contended individuals with fat paychecks.

For this it is essential that the taste of the child should be developed from the very start. Therefore, for the kids of kindergarten, colorful storybooks should also accompany the schoolbooks. If they are reading a children’s story instead of just reading out the moral, make the students enact it in a little classroom skit.

It does not have to be anything big, but enacting it out will serve the two-fold purpose of driving the message home as well us involve the children in-group activities which will teach them how to work and perform in a group. Singing or performing a task together also helps in improving the coordination among the children.

Tasks like hand painting and collage introduces them to new textures and ideas whereas the older children should not only be restricted to doing things just for themselves but also for others.

So if they are making a drawing, tell them to make something for old men and women or for underprivileged children. By this, from the very childhood they will imbibe the feeling of sharing and doing something for the happiness of others. This is because being creative does not only mean to be able to do beautiful things. That is more of a question of talent. Rather, it means to improve the faculties.

If the children are learning about the importance of plants and trees, then teach them gardening in simple terms. Like watering the plants or taking out a weed or two. Touching and feeling and actually performing the task leaves a greater impression on the child, rather than just reading from a book and knowing nothing about what the actual thing looks like.

 

By Jacob Bainton

For more information on Creativity and education, check out the info available online; these will help you learn to find the Creative learning!

How to speak – lecture tips

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In this skillful lecture, Professor Patrick Winston of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology offers tips on how to give an effective talk, cleverly illustrating his suggestions by using them himself. He emphasizes how to start a lecture, cycling in on the material, using verbal punctuation to indicate transitions, describing “near misses” that strengthen the intended concept, and asking questions. He also talks about using the blackboard, overhead projections, props, and “how to stop.”    =>  http://bit.ly/12tgjWk

Author of the Month – Laura Numeroff

Laura Numeroff says that when she gets bored she gets silly. And when she gets silly, she gets creative. It was on a rather long roadtrip from San Francisco to Oregon that she came up with the idea for If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, the first installment in what would become a wildly popular series. Read more about this author, her cat, her writing and her books at our Author of the Month page

Colouring fun with the plant and animal alphabet

Learn the alphabet while you colour, with the beautifully intricate Animal and Plant Alphabet.

Here is a sample – the Letter A.

Click on the picture to go to the alphabet