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Importance of Reading To Your Child

Reading to your child is not something you do just to help them fall asleep Reading to your child helps enhance their ability to learn through listening, repetition and visual stimulants. What better way to teach the importance of reading by showing them you read yourself? Reading to them has a positive effect on a child’s attitude toward reading and their ability to read. Help your child open up the world of reading, writing and imagination.

Why is reading important?

According to Kyla Boyse, RN: “A child’s reading skills are important to their success in school and work. In addition, reading can be a fun and imaginative activity for children, which opens doors to all kinds of new worlds for them.  Reading and writing are important ways we use language to communicate.

Choosing the right book using these rules:

  1. Pick a random page from a book.
  2. If your child has problems reading more than 4 words on that page, that book might be too hard for them.
  3. If your child doesn’t have any problems reading the book, then it is too easy and they need to pick a little more challenging book.

The book needs to have some challenging words, but not too many. The goal is to help the child comprehend and enjoy the book, while at the same time learn new words.

Tackle a new words:

  1. Ask your child to sound out an unknown word.
  2. Help them memorize irregular words.
  3. Use suffixes, prefixes, and root words.

Support & Encourage:

Challenge your child to sound out new words, but always supply the word before the frustration sets in. After your child has read a story, reread it aloud yourself so that they can enjoy it without interruption. Help them understand the importance of reading.

Make reading a priority:

Set aside 10 minutes to an hour every day to read to your child or have them read to you. This will get them in a good habit of reading and helps them become interested in reading.

Creating the right atmosphere:

Don’t turn on the TV and distract the child. Help them find a quiet place to read. Be a good role model and read a book in front of your child while they are reading their book. That will help support the value of reading.

Make reading fun & reading aloud to your child:

Reading to your child is a simple and pleasant process. Read books beyond their reading level and build their vocabulary by exposing new words. Reading aloud is also a good way for you to model reading smoothly and with expression. Make sure you choose a new book every time you read to them. It can help keep them interested and explore their imagination. And not all reading has to be done with a book Toys and games can provide them with opportunities to learn new words and the achievement of getting a word right.

Any way you can provide a way to get your child to learn and enjoy reading will help them as they grow and develop communication skills.

Happy 40th Birthday to the Very Hungry Caterpillar

He has really aged well, hasn’t he?!?! Eric Carle’s classic book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, is celebrating its 40th birthday today. The book is a much-loved children’s classic featuring a caterpillar that eats and eats, leaving holes in everything he munches on, until finally he grows large enough to become a butterfly.

The Very Hungry Google Logo

The Very Hungry Google Logo

Even Google jumped on board with one of their famous logos! It features the caterpillar on top of various pieces of fruit, with the holes in the letters becoming the signature mark of what the caterpillar has eaten.

Eric Carle is a former art director who later became an author and illustrator. He has more than 40 books currently in print, including The Very Hungry Caterpillar, his most famous work.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Stuffed Animal

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Stuffed Animal

ABC Game

ABC Game

We carry a variety of Eric Carle toys, including several based on The Very Hungry Caterpillar book:

You may also wish to visit Eric Carle’s official website for more information about his life and work.

Make Mealtime A Teachable Moment

I got a terrific idea from my son’s teacher this week.  This idea can be used with just about any subject being studied.  Take a piece of posterboard (12 x 18 inches) and have your child decorate it with anything that is currently being studied.  For example, if your child is learning his or her multiplicaction facts, have him or her write them around the edges of the posterboard.  Or, if your child is learning to identify colors or letters, do the same with that information.  Maybe your older child needs to memorize a timeline or a set of dates or events.  Write whatever subject it is on the posterboard, then cover it with clear Contact paper.  Viola!  Your child has made an instant, teachable placemat to use at mealtimes!

Supplementing Your Child’s Education

Bells are ringing across the country, in classes (and homes) as children make their way back to school for another year.  As a parent, I want to give my child the best possible chance at a successful school year.  Being actively involved in my child’s experiences at school by volunteering and assisting, as well as being a physical presence around the school, are great ways to take an active role in my son’s education.  I also like to find things to supplement classroom learning and bring it home as well.

WonderBrains is currently carrying two lines of materials that are perfect for homeschooled children and children who are educated outside the home.  Carson-Dellosa, a leading education publisher, has created a variety of activities and workbooks for children ages three through fifth grade.  For preschool-aged children, WonderBrains carries a variety of read-aloud, activity-centered books, such as Magnix: A Visit To the Farm.  The Magnix series of books also branches into early math and writing activities as well.  For school-aged children, WonderBrains carries Carson-Dellosa’s Summer Bridge series.  But, don’t let the titles fool you!  These are excellent tools year-round, and may even inspire your young learner to come up with even more activities.  These books are found as Summer Bridge Activities, Summer Bridge Math and Summer Bridge Reading and are available in several different age ranges. 

WonderBrains has also welcomed Remedia on board.  These reading activities workbooks are available for children from Kindergarten through high school with a wide range of reading skill areas.  For younger children, the Remedia Beginning Reading Program is a comprehensive collection of age and ability-level appropriate materials with an accompanying activity guide.  Choose from the sampler set or the small group set (three copies of each story).  As the students progress in their learning, so do the skill materials covered by Remedia’s materials: comprehension, vocabulary, context clues and life skills reading activities.  For reluctant readers, Remedia offers a line of activity books that are high-interest, low-readability to boost confidence and success in students who need it the most. 

Extending the learning to the homefront is a wonderful way to stress the importance of education with young people.  WonderBrains can help you find the resources to do so!

Reading Readiness – Get Ready For School!

Here’s a fun activity to try with your child that promotes critical thinking and school readiness.  This idea can be adapted for any age from preschool through grade school and beyond.  Best of all, no supplies are needed!

Have your child turn his or her back to you.  Using your finger draw a letter on your child’s back and see if he or she can identify the letter.  After he or she guesses the letter, see if they can come up with a word that begins with that letter!

If this is too difficult for your child, try it out first on the palm of his or her hand.  That way, your child can see the letter being written.  With younger children who might not know their letters yet, try simple shapes, like circles, triangles and squares.  Older children will enjoy the challenge of entire words or a more complex picture, such as a tree, a plane or a house.

Have your child do the same to your back as well.  It is great practice for writing, spelling and simple fine motor skills and dexterity!

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