Nov 282012
 

Children don’t read to find their identity, to free themselves from guilt, to quench the thirst for rebellion or to get rid of alienation.  They have no use for psychology…. They still believe in God, the family, angels, devils, witches, goblins, logic, clarity, punctuation, and other such obsolete stuff…. When a book is boring, they yawn openly.  They don’t expect their writer to redeem humanity, but leave to adults such childish illusions. 

~Isaac Bashevis Singer

Nov 262012
 

Reading is a good habit. Young children should be encouraged to read more at early stage. Some parents find it hard to get their children to read because their children are attracted by the television programs and computers.

I am here to share with you some practical tips which you can apply so that you can get your young children to read more.

• First thing first, being parents, you are “responsible” to read with your children at least once every day. You should accompany them when they are reading. Don’t just give instructions to them. If your kids do not like a book you are reading together with them, you should put it aside. Don’t force your kids to accept the book.

• Besides accompanying them, you should be a reading role model to your kids. Let them see that you always read. It will be better if you can share some interesting things with them. Tell them what you have read from the books, magazines or newspapers.

• Young children enjoy reading books which come with colorful pictures and simple words. Hence, you are reminded to select the right reading materials for them. You should take note about your children’s interests. At the same time, you must make sure that you children have plenty to read at home. It is important for you to keep books and other reading materials in their reach.

• In order to encourage your kids to read, you must respect their choices. Do not set any limitation to them. Let them choose their own books based on their preferences. At the same time, you should take the opportunity to encourage your kids to try different kinds of books such as fiction, non-fiction, mysteries, biographies, etc. If possible, you should choose books that provide new experiences about different countries and cultures for them.

• You should find ways to motivate your children by praising them for their efforts. You are advised to listen to your children when they are reading. You can encourage them to read aloud. Then, you should start praising them for the newly acquired skills.

• Some young children refuse to read at the beginning stage. What you can do is to tell interesting stories to them. You are advised to look for creative ways to teach them good values so that you can help them to develop listening and thinking skills easily.

You love your children. You want them to have better future. Cultivating a lifetime reading habit will be the best gift you can provide for your beloved children.

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Jesslyn Jessy  A blogger with wide interest in training and personal development. She strongly believes that competency skills are essential for a fast changing world. Besides, she also focuses on human health which is inter related to working performance.  http://jessyanglo.blogspot.com/

Apr 212011
 

Why Should I Read?

Excellent question! Why should you? Why should anyone? You could be doing hundreds of other things instead – watching a movie, preparing dinner, going for a run, or spending time with your family. But when your kids ask you the same question, you’d better have an answer prepared. “Because I told you to” probably won’t cut it. “Because it’s good for you” isn’t going to work either. At least not if you don’t have some solid evidence to back it up. => http://bit.ly/i0rufA

Jan 252011
 

What you can do at home

Be yourself and involve your child in everyday conversations from an early age.

Read aloud to your child. It will help your child to learn the language of books and encourages the enjoyment of books and reading.

Talk about books together – make reading a shared, enjoyable activity.

See that there is a range of reading material for your child at home, both fiction and non-fiction.

Read to your child in your first language – research shows that using your first language will help your child when he or she learns to read English.

Try not to let television intrude on reading time – set aside some uninterrupted time to read with your child.

Listen to your child read every day, even if only for a short time.

Give books as treats and presents.

Discuss the meanings of stories and words.

Join your local library. Borrow books for yourself as well as your child.

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Jan 132011
 

The internet has become integral in the education of students of all ages across the world but it has become especially important in the reading development of young children. Children these days love to play games on the internet, even at a very young age, since computers and the internet are so easily accessible at home and at school. Many internet companies have turned their online games into learning modules for children, especially ones that teach reading and reading comprehension. Most of the reading websites that offer online reading for kids are free of charge, but some of the more involved ones offer subscriptions and different courses for teaching reading to children.

One of the best features of online reading for children is the fact that the websites and electronic books are offered in thousands of languages, which means that there are zero language barriers that can cause the child to struggle when learning to read. Most of the websites and books can either be translated into the child’s language or purchased in the child’s language without any problems. Another feature of online reading for kids is the ease of access should there not be any physical paperback or hardback books readily available for the child to use. Physical books are not always readily available, but online reading can be performed on computers, iPods, iPads, iPhones, BlackBerry smartphones, Android phones, laptops and eBook readers. This means that your child will be able to read online no matter where they are located.

Online reading for kids also includes picture books that are available on the internet. Picture books can help children with word association so they know what a dog, a cat, a cow and other animals are in relation to their names. The best way to learn a new language these days, no matter your age, is using the internet. The same can be said for children who are learning a second language. Hundreds of language teaching websites and eBooks are on the internet today that can teach kids who are using online reading as an education aid.

If your child is a very young learner, around the age of two, there are digitized audio books that can have the text read aloud while the child looks at the text on the screen. Hearing the text read aloud to them while looking at the text will help young children learn the sounds of words as well as what they look like as well. Cultural interest also helps online reading for kids because it lets them read works from other countries all over the world. Children will be able to see what other culture’s literature is like and whether or not they use pictures too. Online reading for children has become an excellent method to teach young children the ins and outs of reading. This includes learning larger words, learning reading comprehension, learning to match pictures with words and learning proper grammar used in the United States today.

Nicole Roberts
Welcome to Reading Is Fun For All, inside you will discover an amazing selection of low priced and excellent quality online reading for kids.

Nov 272010
 

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Kids, ballerinas from the South Shore Ballet Theatre, who performed at the opening celebration, and a large white rabbit checked out the exhibit.

Exercise at the library? It may sound kid of odd. But organizers of the “Literacise” event today at the Boston Public Library say that when kids exercise, it may make them better able to focus their minds and sit down and read.

Sep 092010
 

“The majority of reading problems faced by today’s adolescents and adults could have been avoided or resolved in the early years of childhood.”
–National Research Council (1998)

As a parent of a young child, you are probably more concerned about your child’s progress in reading than in any other subject taught in school. To achieve in math, science, English, history, geography, or any other subject, your child must have reading skills that are developed to the point that most of them are automatic. He can’t be struggling to recognize words in a school textbook when he is trying to read quickly to grasp the meaning of the text. In other words, children must learn to read before they can read to learn.

Why Should Parents Encourage Children To Read?

Many parents recognize the value and enjoyment of reading to their young children but perhaps are not clear about how they can help their children become better readers. Because reading is so important to children’s success in school, parents can and should help their children become interested in reading and encourage growth in their reading skills. “Learning to read is a lengthy and difficult process for many children, and success in learning to read is based in large part on developing language and literacy-related skills very early in life” (Lyon, 1997). Young children develop a more positive attitude toward reading if they experience warm and close contact with their parents while reading.

What Are Some Ways To Encourage Young Readers?
The most important thing to remember is that reading should be an enjoyable experience. The following activities can help you stimulate your child’s interest in reading.

Jul 272010
 

Wondering how to help your child get ready for school? Good habits are best formed when kids are young. In the primary years, kids sit on the floor to hear stories read by the teacher from a story book. In the middle and upper primary years, kids are expected to read independently and quietly to themselves as well. Preparing the foundations for good reading habits can begin as soon as your baby can sit up, from six months onwards.

Even before then, propping your baby on your lap with a book often, helps baby to associate holding books with being in a fun, safe environment. After your child is asleep in her cot, leave one or two picture books within reach so that she sees them when she wakes up. This can delay her crying out for you.

She learns very early that books are a fun, interesting companion, especially if one of them squeaks or is tactile made from various materials, or has shiny pictures and shapes that glitter from different angles. The best environment for reading is away from distractions like TV or computer screens. This can be on a designated ‘reading couch’ or bean bag, on a mat or on a bed.

If parents (or carer) are consistently relaxed and unhurried when reading together, kids are likely to follow suit, and remain calm and engaged with their book. Carers reading to kids often – even if only for short periods – prepares kids from a young age to enjoy listening to stories. It helps get them ready to engage with story-time at school.

Encouraging young kids to ‘read’ aloud as well – i.e. tell a story with book in hand while turning the pages – lays fabulous foundations to enjoy quiet reading in the future when they reach middle and upper primary school.

Author, Karen S. Thomas say she “is currently writing a fictional story in my blog, http://tommyswritingblog.wordpress.com. I am writing as I go without really knowing what the characters will do next. Check it out! Read it out aloud to your kids or to kids you know. Tell me what you think and where you want the story to go.”