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Stock Your Library

June 25,2018

How can you encourage your children to unplug and pick up a book instead? Make sure they have easy access to them: create a home library in a convenient and visible place.

Start by collecting children’s books wherever you can find them: thrift stores, garage sales, or book stores. Choose a variety of types of books you believe will interest your children. Further build your library by asking relatives and friends to give books for holidays and birthdays.

Once you have gathered several books, place them together on a special shelf, or on a bookcase, or in a crate. Work with your children to organize the books in a way that makes sense to your family – for example, you might put picture books together and chapter books together. Be sure to make a special section just for library books so they don’t get lost.

Building your own home library signals to your children that reading is an important and worthwhile way to their spend time. If you choose books that truly interest them, they’ll also learn that reading is fun and interesting, too!

 

 

Build Background Knowledge

May 22,2018

Summer, when school is out, is a great time to help your children build additional background knowledge of the world and to improve their reading skills.

If you go on vacation to the beach, NYC, or the Grand Canyon, consider following up with age-appropriate books that help your children learn more about your destination. Or, when you hear the news about a volcano erupting in Hawaii, show your children videos of that online and follow up with a book about volcanoes.

You’ll be helping your children better understand the world around them. Plus, this will help keep their minds sharp and ready for school in the fall.

 

Make the Most of Mealtime

March 27,2018

The dinner table is a great place to share stories that encourage language and literacy development. Of course, you might ask your child straightforward questions such as, “What was the best part about today? What was the worst part?”

Alternatively to foster creative development and imagination, you might ask, “If you could have a super power, what would it be and how would you use it?” Or you might ask your child to tell you a story about a dog who can fly.

Oral storytelling is a precursor to written stories and supports literacy development. So why not nourish your child’s mind as you nourish your child’s body? That is one way to make the most of mealtime.