Category Archives: Blog

Chew on This

July 25,2017

What if there were something that could improve your emergent reader’s memory, learning ability, alertness, and mood while simultaneously reducing anxiety? Well, research implies there may just be such a product. What’s more, this product is inexpensive, widely available, and perceived as fun by children everywhere. The product? Chewing gum!

It turns out that chewing gum can increase blood flow to the brain which, in turn, can provide the benefits listed above. According to the book, Brain Changer by David DiSalvo, “Chewing gum is an example of a brain-changer tool that almost all of us have easy access to and can try. The research suggests that it may be the simplest thing you can do to give your brain a neurochemical boost.”

Now that’s something to chew on!


Summer Slide

June 26,2017

During the summer months many children lose some of the academic gains they made over the previous school year. Here are three things you can do to help prevent the “summer slide”:

  • Visit your library. Many libraries have fun summer reading and enrichment activities that are free and fun for children of all ages.
  • Keep reading. Read aloud to your children every day and ask them to read aloud to you.
  • Set summer learning goals. Help your child identify three things they’d like to learn more about over the summer (space? insects? dogs?) and design a plan to help them do that. Depending on the topics of interest, you might visit museums (in person or online) or simply read books about those topics.

With just a little bit of time and effort focused on reading and learning, you can help your children avoid the summer slide.


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.