Screen Solitude

Our children’s addiction to their screens is isolating them from outdoor play, reading and from their natural talents. It is teaching them to be alone, and be silenced by technology. If we do the same, we are modeling this behavior to them.

Facebook, I just learned, hires gambling consultants to keep us attracted of the screens flashing in front of us no matter our ages. There is constant stimulation with distractions galore, a never ending flow of information, and games without any depth of thought, and in the extreme there is an alienation from others and even ourselves.

Inner conversation is lost, and so is adaptation to life and self knowledge. It is hard for children to pay attention to anything outside of this. Screens can disrupt their thought and focus with this constant stimulation and a never ending flow of superficial information. They can become irritable and kind of vacant if the screen is taken away. Random chatter is less, and an odd silence in a family can take hold. They are present and not present.

Children do not need to be connected to this type of isolating experience. Let’s not teach them to be alone or even consumed with this meaningless involvement.

Start teaching them to read early…

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The more I read about the dismal literacy rates in this country, and what this portends for the future of our country (an educated populace is the foundation of a free society in our Democratic Constitutional Republic,) and for individuals to live a free, independent, and prosperous life, the more determined I am to spread this very doable information to as many parents as possible. The basic concepts for learning to read are so easy and simple that I need to emphasize that this doesn’t have to be a monumental task to either teach or for your child to learn. This is wonderful, hopeful, and satisfying news. What a relief! I am presently adapting my information for pre-schoolers to older children…

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Some say that a high  school diploma is fraudulent because a large percentage of graduating students are not reading or writing up to grade level. This is why up to 50% of entering college students must take remedial English classes. Think about that. If a student can’t read or write with understanding after high school, how can they do well in college or in life?

This is a disgrace to our educational system. How can we possibly defend these outcomes?

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Language Skills

Language and verbal skills are very important for a child’s reading ability. In order to enlarge them a parent must engage in a lot of conversation with your child.  In expressing themselves, a child demonstrates his knowledge and ideas, what is on his mind, and how he sees the world. This can be very instructive and also very amusing as the chatter goes on. But also important is their use of vocabulary. A child must become familiar with language in order to create an ever expanding reading foundation.

While you two read books, please ask her questions about it…What do you think will happen next? What is your favorite character in this story? Is this an interesting book for you? Why? Do you like stories about animals or people? etc.

And keep the chatter going here and there on whatever level is appropiate. Acknowledge them, get on their physical level as you speak with them, take their comments seriously, …really!…is that what you think or how you feel? I like that, or  I never thought of that before…very good. Sit on the bed with them, and just play and talk. Talk to their animals on the bed. Play cards (UNO is a good one,) and just visit with them as you play. Have a daily card champion. Enjoy his company, and he will enjoy yours. Read the cereal boxes together. Look at the clouds and the birds outside…whatever interests him as his vocabulary is expanding. He will later recognize these words in print.

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An Engaged Parent or Grandparent needed for just a few minutes

The many and very positive comments and reviews for my book, Preschool Reading Success in Just 5 Minutes A day have become very motivating to me. The more I read about the dismal literacy rates in this country, the more determined I am to spread this information to as many people as possible. The basic concepts for learning to read are so easy that I need to emphasize that this doesn’t have to be a monumental task to either teach it or for a child to learn it. This is wonderful news. There is no need for so called highly advanced teaching methods, no work books, no DVDs, or other needless concerns. The real need, however, is a highly engaged, energetic and committed in-the-moment parent or grandparent to playfully introduce and teach the basic phonic sounds that have meaning to your child. But it is done in such a silly and stress-free manner and in only a few minutes, that it really isn’t a chore, and even makes connecting with your child more genuinely rewarding.

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Parents and Grandparents

At home, it is the parents and grandparents reading to your children and teaching them how to read before they go to school that makes an incalculable difference. The ability to read is your gift to them that will lead to ongoing school and life success. Embrace them in your arms as you teach and read to them.

The ability to read will obviously educate them, but will also give them the exhilarating sense of early success in school which can carry them to future successes.  Reading will become their window to the world that will allow them to engage their imagination and sense of adventure, and to bring inspiration to connect to the larger themes in life. “The child who reads is the child who thinks” is a quotation we can all embrace.

Phonics, vocabulary, and fluency of speech all contribute to their being able to read. Their beginning teachers in school will appreciate the work that you are giving to them now, and they will picture them as highly intelligent and ready to learn. Their comments will go on their record which will follow them all through their schooling years.

As a start, look up some of the animals on the computer or books from the library that they enjoy which will engage and develop his or her awareness…ostriches, flying fish, giraffes, otters, parrots, monkeys etc as well as the suggestions in my book.  Reading ability is expanding her awareness of the world around her. Early childhood learning, and especially reading ability are so important for your child’s future development.

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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…..



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!