The spoken word is the foundation of reading and reading comprehension. Words given voice create awareness to a child’s perception of his world, to the people in it, to the animals in it, and to higher levels of understanding. But first the verbalized word. Talk to them at every opportunity. It awakens them. Their brains and awareness expand. Their mouth, ears and eyes are their gateway to knowledge and education. Engage your child in conversation about anything. Connecting fun and silly words with sounds are the basis of my reading theories. But first talk to them about the world right in front of them. What is happening right here and right now ? Verbalization springboards your child’s awareness, understanding, and maybe even his brain. His ability to express himself has great meaning to him, to his teachers and to his parents. This process keeps growing and expanding as more and more knowledge and awareness come forth. His world expands, and his interest in learning and in school take off!
But then along comes the screens with an odd and uncharacteristic silence. A certain quiet descends and children are easier to handle with less effort from a parent when they are sitting over somewhere totally engrossed in a screen. But think about it. Is this what you want? Sure, some is OK, but there are parents who are very restrictive about screen time as it is very apparent what is going on here. There is no talking and no physical activity, and who knows what is influencing your child on these screens. Is this normal? Is this what you want? What do you think? Does this bother you? Is this OK with you? Children mimic behavior with what they see. Is this how you want them to spend their time?
Reading is an activity of great value as it opens a child world to adventures, imagination, and excitement. This is what I propose. Early reading is the key to their kingdoms to open doors to their futures.
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Christmas is the time for children’s excitement and also to learn appreciation. Gifts are symbolic of God’s gift to us for his son Jesus Christ, but this is often lost. Some children are absolutely deluged with gifts that can lead to a certain confusion and anxiety. Observe them as they rip through the presents going from one to the next. How can their reactions be improved? This is a learning opportunity maybe done in the other room later or better yet, explain what gratitude means beforehand.
I suggest to slow them down to see the thoughtfulness that goes into each gift selection esp. from grandparents. Remind them beforehand that people work hard to save to buy gifts for them, to consider their interests in their selections, and to show them their love. Teach them to express thank you, and to be happy with the gift even if they don’t understand at first. It is the thought that counts, and a thank you hug is always appreciated too.
I read on the internet that a few parents have been so disgusted with their children’s unappreciative attitude with gifts that they didn’t give them so many. So teach your children how to receive graciously and more importantly to show appreciation.
God has delivered a live long companion at your door who will bring you the full spectrum of human emotion. You can only imagine. A child carries your heart, your undying love, and along the way, don’t forget to have pure fun with him/her. She will always be up for a good time…an impromptu Friday dance that the weekend is here, making gingerbread, brownies or cookies, having a picnic lunch under an umbrella in the garden, picking berries from your own vines, a bubble bath, make popovers, a run in the sprinklers, a miner’s head flashlight (at amazon) so they can run around hands free in your backyard at night, popcorn with a special movie, picking flowers in your garden, reading books in a hammock under a tree, picking fruit from the trees in your yard, growing lettuce for your salads, making soup with you with “cooking music” (whatever that is for you) in the background, play games, puzzles and cards, hide and go seek, jump rope, fly kites, read the limericks of Edward Lear, dress up, braid hair, skip rocks on a lake or ocean, sleep in a tent in a child’s bedroom, play croquet…..and don’t forget to teach them to read early in a very fun and happy way!
Gifted children are in my family, and I have been proactively aware of their development for many decades. It is my opinion, to actively converse with them early on in their lives, and certainly teach them to read, as they will be actively engaged participants esp. using my methods. Reading ability will be easy. One on one active conversations will be necessary as they enter into this world their high gifts.
It is my opinion to keep them in public school in gifted classes along with targeted home schooling targeted to their natural talents, so that they are better able to function in the world. To be isolated from the usual kids doesn’t strengthen them. But this is just my opinion. The people in the world have far less mental ability, but the gifted have to know how to adapt, adjust and function in this truth, and to contribute to all. It is their calling.
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