Category Archives: Blog

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.

 

Stress Less

February 26,2017

Raising children can be stressful for parents. Fortunately, reading can be a powerful stress reliever. In fact, research conducted at the University of Sussex indicates that after only six minutes, reading can reduce stress levels by as much as 68%. The act of reading slows heart rates and eases tension in muscles, too. In fact, reading is a more powerful stress reducer than listening to music or going for a walk.

So when you feel so stressed you might “lose it,” get lost in a book. With any luck, you’ll more calm and relaxed in no time.