It is a good idea to familiarize your children with the meaning of what they have just read or heard. Start their consideration by asking questions. Who was the most important character in the story, what happened to him or her, how did he change at the end, what happened to him, who was your favorite character, why?
The best book for this is the classic, Charlotte’s Webb though it is heart wrenching, and maybe too sad for very young children. It is about true friendship, loyalty, love, helping others, warmth, sensitivity and selfless love between a pig and a spider with other farm animals and children also part of the story. We all can learn about life from this story.
Read all types of stories to your children where their imagination can run free. Pinterest has all sorts of book lists you can glance over before your next trip to the library. And also let them consider and express what the story was saying to them.
Teach them to read early…Please let me show you how…
Parents can’t criticize schools for their lack of teaching if they haven’t at least contributed this part to their education at home and pre-kindergarten. PLEASE TEACH them to read now or at least teach then some of the basic letter sounds, and their whole educational life will change. Who knows what is going on in the first early grades of their schooling, but as a parent you will because you have “put in place” these foundational skills. They will not be part of the 2/3rds of the fourth graders who do not know what is going on with reading. Let’s change these statistics, esp. when this isn’t hard to do.
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Yep all of the video games, cartoons, social media in all of its forms are not real life though kids are magnetized by them. But all time spent on a device is time away from learning and learning to adapt to life itself. Tech devices create a false reality. Have them spend their free time UNPLUGGED…WHY?
- They need more play time to be creative, and to develop their natural talents. Even being bored is a great springboard to achieve this. Unstructured play time creates the foundation for whom they were meant to be and what they were meant to do in life. They will find something to do as they won’t sit still for long. Don’t give them suggestions, let them figure this time out… and then they start solving their problems on their own which leads to initiative, self confidence, and independence. Their curiosity and self awareness are enhanced. They will become self reliant. Hi tech mindless games rob them on this vastly important process.
- Mindless instant gratification influences their mental health. Tech diversions are just distractions from real life. To be instantly bored by life when not connected creates an addiction of the worst kind. They are being taught by these devices…how to act, how to behave, and to instantly remove themselves from life and how to adapt to its stresses and even its joys, They must develop a sense of internal calm, to honor themselves, running and playing freely indoors and outdoors without stress and anxiety. And sometimes to do nothing, but to look at the clouds and the bugs in the grass and then to dream. They don’t need Minecraft to become whole.
- Conversations with your child will become easier and happier as they are able to express themselves easily because of their many interests and their enthusiasm for them. Spontaneous joy is more easily expressed without the daily dose of the magnetic and intense lure of some video game. They must become more fully human to express not only their joys, but their anxieties and worries as well. Communication is stopped when they are engrossed in hi-tech. Closer family relations with parents and siblings are the happy result if you throw these devices out. Have them become busy with life. What a horrible price to pay to exchange the above for a few minutes of a child’s time entranced and hypnotized by mindless stimulation and false realities.
Just teach them to read early in a naturally stress free and fun way as I describe in my book, and then stand back and let them be whom God made them to be with all of the resources that allow this.
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I was 7 years old, in the second grade, and didn’t know how to read. WHAT!? I was later labelled as gifted, but this didn’t make any difference. I couldn’t read at 7! My mother finally understood this big deficit in my education, and was frankly shocked. She immediately took over my reading training as we sat on the couch with me by her side. I learned to read in a manner of weeks. I easily learned in this very loving, accepting, and enjoyable way. I didn’t want my children to have this same deficit, so I devised my own method that was very successful for them, and later to many others. My children never remembered learning how to read because I incorporated it with so much fun. I want to tell you how. They started kindergarten fully prepared. The kindergarten teacher took me aside to whisper to me….,”you do realize that your son is reading!”….of course, I knew….I made darn sure that he could….and later my daughter did too.
Ask yourself how your child is learning how to read, does he or she get the strategy his teacher is using…Put yourself in the loop….Questions like this can’t be answered unless you take an active interest in providing a sound foundation to their reading education…BUT YOU WILL, IF YOU CARRY THROUGH WITH MY INSTRUCTION, and start early before this becomes “an issue laden with anxiety and stress.” One on one teaching at home in a very positive and fun way is to teach and bond with child no matter your income or educational background , and with no stress or failure is how they will easily learn. I sure needed this, and parents of young children do too.
I have devised many fun ways, and my book tells you exactly how. It will change their lives….all 5 stars reviews on my book…short, sweet and to the point. I know that this works as I have watched success over and over again……My children and grandchildren never remembered learning as I introduced reading in such a fun and happy way…..
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As a child matures, there are so many distractions that are competing for his or her attention which will interfere with learning to read later. This “sensitive time” of a preschooler, as Maria Montessori so beautifully described it, is the perfect time for his or her learning to read. The internet, video games and social media culture are insidious, influential, time consuming, and not in the best interests of your child’s future. I observe many parents just hook their kids up with a device or a kindle for endless cartoons, games and videos that ultimately teach them that this is what they are to do with their time and their attention. This is a false reality. Screen time has replaced many learning opportunities on many different levels. So please give them this first real spark of success with early reading which can lead to much more educational accomplishment. And let them PLAY with their free time…..indoors…outdoors…running free into their futures…
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The goal is to be able to read three letter words by knowing the basic sounds of the alphabet before they go into kindergarten which is all accomplished in a very fun and entertaining manner. It is more about play and silliness than a strict learning situation. ALL you are required to do is to focus on a little 5 mins a day between the ages of 3 and 5 for your child to understand basic letter “noises,” using very fun and meaningful (to them) initial sound examples.
Then your child starts kindergarten truly prepared and ready to go…!!! The early grades will complete the process of reading, and they will happily know what is going on with the whole reading process because you have slowly and happily introduced them to reading at home. They will be way ahead of all of the others, and their teachers will be dropping their jaws. I want to help you do this. It isn’t hard at all…65 pages that will tell you how,…short and sweet, loving and amusing for both of you!
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As an educator, I watch too many young people and their parents upset and frustrated about their child’s education. School dropouts are at crisis levels over many groups, children’s excitement about education is low, and 2/3rds of fourth graders are not reading up to grade level. This is not just about poor inner city schooling or immigration as low reading skills are affecting a broad range of children. Dire consequences of not reading well can result in low self esteem and a general lackadaisical attitude and boredom with school which can all be a catastrophe for the future of your child, and certainly for our society as a whole.
You want your child to be very familiar with the feeling of success and accomplishment as he or she approach the teenage years, and early reading ability, and all the success that this brings will make a foundational difference to your child’s life. It is actually life changing. They are more than good enough even now as very young children (from 3-5) to learn how to read, and it doesn’t take much of your time or attention. In fact, you will become happily closer to your child in the process.
And as an aside, making sure that your child fully understands this first educational hurdle in the ease of your own home will make your own life a whole lot easier down the road.
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Illiteracy: A National Crisis. United Way’s Role. A Report from United Way of America’s Strategic Planning Committee.
United Way of America, Alexandria, VA.
A study examined United Way’s role in solving illiteracy. University representatives saw illiteracy as threatening the social well-being of those affected and seriously damaging the principle of equal opportunity. Business persons felt that illiteracy threatened the nation’s competitive edge in today’s global economy. Human service delivery system personnel indicated that current delivery systems for promoting literacy were insufficiently coordinated and insufficiently concerned with personal dignity.
Human service agency staff saw the incidence of school dropout as a major problem, yet schools rarely reached out for help. The study found that: illiteracy is not an insoluble problem; it has many causes; it is very costly; illiteracy rates are highest among the economically disadvantaged; and the total number of illiterate adults is not changing.
Two thirds of 4th graders DO NOT read up to grade level over all groups. DO NOT let this happen at your house.
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Read POETRY to your child. Edward Lear is a wonderful resource. The Owl and The Pussycat and his limericks. You want them to enjoy the language, and enjoy the sound of words.
Poetry: Nursery rhymes, songs, and poetry are a key part of literacy development, says Bernice E. Cullinan, Ph.D., professor emerita at New York University. Listening to, and repeating, poetry is a wonderful way for children to learn phonemic awareness. That is the ability to notice and isolate the individual sounds, or phonemes, in words, like the “c” in cat or the “b” in bat — a key skill for future success in reading. Preschoolers first learn that speech is made up of sounds, syllables, and words indirectly from listening to stories, nursery rhymes, poetry, and conversations. They gain phonemic awareness, says Cullinan, by “playing with language” — by meowing like the cat in the story a teacher is reading, or making up nonsense rhymes. Rhyming games also help children think about sound and the structure of words.
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Capturing the attention and finding the fun zone of a 3 to 5 year old is quite easy as you discover what makes her laugh, is silly or interesting in a one on one moment….sometimes in less than a few minutes. It could be the names of her toys, the name of her doll, her stuffed animals, her puppy or kitty, her uncle, her grandparents, her favorite foods, the words on the cereal box, cartoon characters, or the birds in the sky or the bugs hiding in the grass. I connect these people, things, animals and food and much more to the basic initial phonetic sounds (noise) in a very child friendly way that I describe in detail in my book, PRESCHOOL READING SUCCESS IN JUST 5 MINUTES A DAY. They find this irresistible. There are no DVDs, videos, complicated teaching methods, pedantic anxieties, workbooks, no big deal, no sit down and listen, no be quiet and pay attention, or any of the common methods used today. It is just about mastering the basic phonetic sounds in a stress free and very fun and relatable manner. This is it, and I have seen this approach work over and over again.
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PRESCHOOL READING SUCCESS IN JUST 5 MINUTES A DAY