Category Archives: Blog

What a Privilege!

May 24,2017

Research indicates that nothing is a more powerful persuader than one’s own firsthand experience. This rings true if you think about it. It doesn’t matter if I tell my children broccoli tastes good – they’ll believe their taste buds over my words any day of the week. So if we want children to view reading as the pleasure and privilege that it is, we need to let them experience that.

One way to do this is to follow the lead of NY Times Book Review Editor, Pamela Paul. She implements two bedtimes at her house. The first bedtime is for just going to bed and going to sleep (at say, 8:00 PM). But if her children want to stay up a little later (to say, 8:30 PM) they may do so — but only if they spend that time reading.

Although our grown children are beyond bedtimes, this sure sounds like a good idea to us.

 

Write On!

April 26,2017

Reading and writing go hand in hand. Research shows that writing practice can support reading development and reading practice can enhance writing skills. In a sense, they are two sides of the same coin.

That is why Budding Reader provides free companion writing practice worksheets for each of our eBooks. So when your child has finished a Budding Reader book set, visit our freebie page to download and print our writing worksheets. This way  your child(ren) can reinforce and extend the reading skills they are learning.

 

Sleep on It

March 26,2017

Until recently, the connection between naps and children’s learning has been largely unexplored, but new research suggests that naps may play a valuable role. A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that babies who nap within four hours of learning something new are more likely to remember what they learned than children who didn’t nap in that timeframe. The study concluded that sleep may play a role in forming long term memories. Another study published in Psychological Science concluded that, “Naps appear to promote a qualitative change in memory, one involving greater flexibility in learning.”

So while more research is needed, it is possible that naps may help your children learn better. And since naptime is a great time to get things done, you may be glad for naptime, too.