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Help develop your child’s emotional intelligence with five bedtime stories on CD

Your 5 to 7-year-old can learn to deal with life’s challenges through these gentle hypnotic tales.

The next best thing to reading one-on-one with your child, Five Funny Critters will soothingly help your child learn valuable life skills through the power of story.

In today’s complex, busy world, it’s not easy to find the time and the right words to help your child deal with issues that he or she faces each day.

Your child (and maybe you, too) will enjoy:

Celebrating individuality
Dealing with differences
Interacting with others in a healthy way
Overcoming reluctance
Finding a new sense of optimism
Facing fears with confidence
Sleeping naturally
Learning new things

Your child will love Five Funny Critters and will be unaware that he or she is learning valuable skills that will serve him or her for years to come. Dr. John Dyckman’s engaging style combined with his original music creates a series that is sure to be listened to over and over again.

Your child will benefit by learning new age-appropriate skills. And you will benefit because your child is sure to relax and fall asleep!!!

Reading with Blend Phonics


Blend Phonics Presentation 1


A brief introductory demonstration lesson for Hazel Loring’s
Reading Made Easy with Blend Phonics in First Grade by Don
Potter. Visit www.donpotter.net or www.blendphonics.org to
download this free, yet powerful, phonics-first program.

10 Reasons For Telling Bedtime Stories

Cinderella . The Three Little Pigs. Peter Pan.

Bedtime stories are all time favorite of young children. They are great for bedtime. They are great for leisure time. They are simply kids companion.

There are many reasons why we should have bedtime stories and some are listed below:

1. Bonding. When you read to your child, both of you are of close proximity – physically and psychologically. Your child will feel loved because of your companion.

2. Moral values. While there are amusing, bedtime stories teaches children a wide span of moral values. The Kid Who Called for Wolf teaches children not to tell lies and make jokes on people.

3. Good night sleep. Children can have a hard day too. Reading a story book before bedtime simply eases sleep and encourage sweet dreams. We surely never emphasis them on the scary monsters and trolls.

4. Learn to read and spell. Story books have high accuracy of proper usage of English language. Children are sure to pick up good command of grammar and spelling which improves their language easily.

5. Encourage writing. Do not be surprise that you child may be inspired to be an author later in life. They learn by good examples from authors in writing stories and definitely improves a child’s composition skills.

6. Friendly and soothing images. More often than not, bedtime stories offer better images than the TV and internet. They are child friendly and you need not worry about children being exposed violent images.

7. Encourage children thinking and imagination. Alice in Wonderland is a great example. Isn’t it fascinating to see Alice chasing after little rabbit? Surely children would be curious to know what the lead role is going through. When child go through a story, they will always imagine themselves as the lead role and kept thinking about how the story will end.

8. Learn to love books at young age. When children learn to love books, it becomes part of them. Their engagement becomes their hobby.

9. Encourage sibling sharing. Older children who can express themselves well can tell stories to younger sibling. They share. They bond. They rival lesser.

10. Learning and accepting villain in reality. While most bedtime stories places emphasis on good characters, children will also learn about the existence of villain in the reality world. The big bad wolf, the witch and the pirates are somehow important in the peak of the storyline. Children will also learn that the story always concludes with villain receiving retribution. Which is important for them to know that it should happen in reality too.

So you have all the reasons to grab a bedtime story book today! Good night. Sweet dreams.

Justina Wang owns a Parenting Kids website. Being a mother of 2 young children, she acquired experience in Positive Parenting and happy to share with any parents who shares the same passion.

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Is technology producing a decline in critical thinking and analysis?

This report summarises research undertaken by Patricia M Greenfield, University of California, Los Angeles, USA. Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Director of the Children’s Digital Media Center, Los Angeles.
A more extended article on this topic, written by Professor Greenfield, appears in the 2 January 2009 edition of Science.

She writes: Technology has changed familiar patterns of learning. As technology has played a bigger role in our lives, our visual skills have improved while our skills in critical thinking and analysis have declined.
This article reports on these and other findings of Professor Patricia M Greenfield, a psychologist who has analysed more than 50 studies on learning and technology, including multitasking and the use of computers, the internet and video games.

The article concludes:
Schools should ensure that students have the opportunity to access and work with a broad range of media, balancing new media with traditional forms of reading. Parents should encourage their children to read and should read to
their young children. No single medium can develop the variety of skills needed by today’s learners. A balanced media diet will facilitate both the visual intelligence skills obtained through new media, and the deep processing skills best learnt through traditional media.

Read it here

The future of reading …

From Wired.com

Margaret Noble’s 12th-grade class at High Tech High Media Arts in San Diego. Noble assigned her class to create interactive artworks around the theme of children’s books of the future, and the results are amazing — see the video below

Developing toddler literacy

A great set of tips on how to play and learn with your toddler – developing language and literacy – using reading and playing.

Great for parents, but also as a handout for a library to use.

Toddler Learning Tips for Parents

Harry Potter reduces childhood accidents

Again from the archives …

Reading James Meikle’s article in The GuardianHow Harry Potter staves off childhood accidents.
So we can conclude, can we, that reading reduces childhood accidents – or is it just Harry Potter? And if so, something that I’ve been wondering for a while – can we claim Harry Potter as “reading” or is it just a phenomenon, a trend?. It must be the Superman television and not the comics that caused all those little boys (and girls!) to jump off roofs.James’ article in part:  “Harry Potter’s spells have made children less accident-prone. Numbers attending a hospital emergency department fell when new books by JK Rowling hit the shops. Doctors in the department of orthopaedic trauma surgery at the John Radcliffe hospital, Oxford, checked how many seven- to 15-year-olds suffered muscle and bone injuries needing treatment over the past three summers. They found there were 36 and 37 instances when the last two Potter books came out in June 2003 and July 2005, while the average for other weekends was 67, they say in the British Medical Journal.”

I wonder if the trend continued??!!

Learning to read? Try talking to a dog

Meet Bailey. She’s a registered therapy dog, but you won’t find her in hospitals or nursing homes. Instead, Bailey makes weekly visits to libraries and schools. She sits quietly or snuggles up to kids as they read her a book. And no, she’s not napping, and the kids don’t have treats in their pockets. She’s actually helping these children learn to read.

http://edition.cnn.com/2009/LIVING/10/22/dogs.irpt/index.html

Thousands team up for ‘Read for the Record

At Washington, D.C.’s Nationals Ballpark, where the Washington Nationals baseball team plays its home games in a sport that is rich in history, records could be set every time players take the field. On Oct. 8, the park hosted an event in which organizers hoped to make a different kind of history: by affecting the lives of millions of children and showing them that reading can be fun. Key words: Read for the Record, Jumpstart, literacy development, reading skills, Pearson Foundation, education technology, washington nationals

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Tweens are bookworms… and proud of it!

If this doesn’t give you the warm fuzzies, nothing will: 90% of the tweens who responded “enjoy reading.” Most report reading around 1 to 5 books per month for fun, but an ambitious 27% report they read 6 or more. Also, in comments tweens were more than happy to identify themselves as “bookworms” and shout out the running total of books they’ve read so far this year.   … more