So, I thought I would try to share a little of what I know with those of you who have children in your lives:
I LOVE reading. I love to read and I love teaching children to read. If you have a child/children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins....here are some suggestions from a teacher.
- Read every day. I know it sounds simple, but in our busy world it can sometimes be hard to find time to do it all. Don't skip the book. It is as important as brushing teeth.
- Read "real world" material. So many kids have never really looked at a newspaper. Subscribe to a magazine. National Geographic for Kids is good, as is the Ladybug/Spider/Cricket series of magazines. Read street signs. Read menus. Read recipes. I let Aaron help me "read" the directions to putting together a bookshelf. Diagrams and charts are important.
- Go to the library. Don't just rush in and rush out. Hang out there for awhile. Let the kids go with you to the "adult" section and poke around. Look at the art.
- Go to a bookstore. Look at everything and talk about what looks good to you. Let your child pick a book.
- If your child likes the computer, here are some great free learning game websites:
- Starfall - This is a great site for younger kids. Up to 3rd grade.
- Read/Think/Write - Lots of stuff on this site. I have tried "ABC Match" and "Picture Match". Great for basic phonics practice.
- GameGoo - Lots of fun reading/phonics games. This one comes from the Earobics company, which is the phonics program we use in my school.
- ArthurGames - This is Arthur the Aardvark, from the books by Marc Brown. It's a fun site and the kids love it.
- BBC.com - This one is very full of fun learning games. I like the sandcastle game.
So, that's it for now. As a poster I have says: READ.
Have a great Friday all.