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Making Quiet Times For Reading

Tweet  MAKING QUIET TIMES FOR READING     A recent report in the UK, found that children are less able to sit still due to the fact that children are using iPads, mobile phones and computer games to fill their time.   Parents are not limiting the time their children spend in front of the computer to make room for quiet times to read.   Alison David, Egmont’s consumer insight director, praised...

Do You Have A Literacy-Friendly Home?

Tweet You set the example for your child. Your home reflects what you value the most. Look around your home and think about what you do with your child everyday.Your home should be the place where your child experiences books and love for reading. Does your home provide some of the following items? 1. My child has crayons, markers and/or pencils for drawing and writing. 2. My child has several alphabet books to read. 3....

Improving Your Child’s Memory Skills

Tweet There are many ways you can help build your child’s memory at home. Ask him or her what part they liked the best about the story you just read , or what items you bought at the grocery store together. A child’s memory is important in building recognition for people and events, and for problem solving in school and at home.  Without proper memory skills, your child can suffer in school, in play...

Starting the New School Year Off Right

Tweet The new school year has begun. You have bought all the school supplies, new uniforms, new shoes, etc. Now you send your child off to school and hope for the best. Here are some ways you can make sure your child is off to a good start.  Make sure you give your child the best possible foundation to make this school year the best one yet. 1. Start routines early. Make sure breakfast is on time each day. Have your...

Getting Ready For School

Tweet Summer is in full swing but back to school sales remind us that soon it will be time to get ready to return to school.  Here are some suggestions to get your child prepared for the beginning of the new school year. 1. Check the school calendar and find out when school starts. Look to see if there is a parent orientation meeting or a “Meet your Teacher” event planned. 2. Look to see if there is a school...

ART BOOKS FOR CHILDREN

Tweet One fun way to encourage your child to love to read is to find books that speak to their interests. Non-fiction books offer your child variety and entry into a whole new world.  Books about insects, astronomy, robots, gardening, etc. are all ways in involve your child in a new way while engaging them in reading. In my blog today I want to suggest several art books which I think are great ways to explore the world...

Shoe Box Summer

Tweet  Shoe Box Summer Make a shoe box for each week in the summer. Fill each box with different interesting ideas for projects.   1.    A Writing Box - fill with postcards, stationary, stickers, pens, etc.   2.    A Nature Box - magnifying glass, small zip lock bags for collecting things, rocks, shells, etc. Crayons and paper for rubbings on bark, leaves, etc.   3.    Bubble Box - all kinds of...

Summer Stamping Fun

Tweet Summer Stamping Fun   Materials Needed: Lots of different kinds and sizes of paper in white and/or different colors Washable paints such as Crayola Sponges of different sizes and textures Paint brushes Old buttons, shells, string, leaves, etc. Q-tips Rubber stamps of various designs and/or alphabet stamps Stickers all kinds, sizes or shapes   Directions: Give your child a large work area such as your kitchen...