We've told you why some kids don't like to read and what other parents believe will not succeed in changing their minds. Now for some ways to turn a young reader's reluctance into enthusiasm:
1. Scout for things your children might like to read. Use their interests and hobbies as starting points.
2. Leave all sorts of reading materials including books, magazines, and colorful catalogs in conspicuous places around your home.
3. Notice what attracts your children's attention, even if they only look at the pictures. Then build on that interest; read a short selection aloud, or simply bring home more information on the same subject.
4. Let your children see you reading for pleasure in your spare time.
5. Take your children to the library regularly. Explore the children's section together. Ask a librarian to suggest books and magazines your children might enjoy.
6. Present reading as an activity with a purpose—a way to gather useful information for, say, making paper airplanes, identifying a doll or stamp in your child's collection, or planning a family trip.
7. Encourage older children to read to their younger brothers and sisters. Older children enjoy showing off their skills to an admiring audience.
8. Play games that are reading-related. Check your closet for spelling games played with letter tiles or dice, or board games that require players to read spaces, cards, and directions.
9. Perhaps over dinner, while you're running errands, or in another informal setting, share your reactions to things you read, and encourage your children to do likewise.
10. Set aside a regular time for reading in your family, independent of schoolwork—the 20 minutes before lights out, just after dinner, or whatever fits into your household schedule. As little as 10 minutes of free reading a day can help improve your child's skills and habits.
11. Read aloud to your child, especially a child who is discouraged by his or her own poor reading skills. The pleasure of listening to you read, rather than struggling alone, may restore your child's initial enthusiasm for books and reading.
12. Encourage your child to read aloud to you an exciting passage in a book, an interesting tidbit in the newspaper, or a joke in a joke book. When children read aloud, don't feel they have to get every word right. Even good readers skip or mispronounce words now and then.
13. On gift-giving occasions, give books and magazines based on your child's current interests.
14. Set aside a special place for children to keep their own books.
15. Introduce the bookmark. Remind your youngster that you don't have to finish a book in one sitting; you can stop after a few pages, or a chapter, and pick up where you left off at another time. Don't try to persuade your child to finish a book he or she doesn't like. Recommend putting the book aside and trying another.
16. Treat your children to an evening of laughter and entertainment featuring books! Many children (parents, too) regard reading as a serious activity. A joke book, a story told in riddles, or a funny passage read aloud can reveal another side of reading.
17. Extend your child's positive reading experiences. For example, if your youngster enjoyed a book about dinosaurs, follow up with a visit to a natural history museum.
18. Offer other special incentives to encourage your child's reading. Allow your youngster to stay up an extra 15 minutes to finish a chapter; promise to take your child to see a movie after he or she has finished the book on which it was based; relieve your child of a regular chore to free up time for reading.
19. Limit your children's television viewing in an effort to make time for other activities, such as reading. But never use TV as a reward for reading, or a punishment for not reading.
20. Not all reading takes place between the covers of a book. What about menus, road signs, food labels, and sheet music? Take advantage of countless spur-of-the-moment opportunities for reading during the course of your family's busy day.
An except from the article Children Who Can Read, But Don't… please click here for more information and to see the original article: http://www.rif.org/us/literacy-resources/articles/children-who-can-read-but-dont.htm
Book that feature in the suggested reading list for the Governor's Reading Challenge are currently on display at the Derby Public Library. But remember - you can choose any book you want to read! Just don't forget to record the book titles you read in your journal here and hand them into school when you go back to school.
Books suggestions: Grade K-2 and Grade 3-4
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ith summer under way, children will spend more time outdoors, in backyards and at parks, summer camps, beaches and other vacation destinations. So, it is important to remember that exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet radiation (UVR) is strongly linked to all forms of skin cancer. Luckily, with good sun safety habits including proper clothing and sunscreen, children can enjoy all sorts of outdoor activities without risking their health.
“By teaching your children to incorporate sun protection into their daily routine, you’ll significantly lower their risk of developing skin cancer as an adult,” says Perry Robins, MD, President of The Skin Cancer Foundation. “In fact, one or more blistering sunburns in childhood or adolescence more than doubles a person’s chances of developing potentially deadly melanomas later in life.”
Help children stay safe in the sun with the following tips from The Skin Cancer Foundation:
To read more please click on the link: http://www.skincancer.org/prevention/sun-protection/children/summer-tips
Sleep — or lack of it — is probably the most-discussed aspect of baby care. New parents discover its vital importance those first few weeks and months. The quality and quantity of an infant's sleep affects the well-being of everyone in the household.
And sleep struggles rarely end with a growing child's move from crib to bed. It simply changes form. Instead of cries, it's pleas or refusals. Instead of a feeding at 3:00 AM, it's a nightmare or request for water.
So how do you get your child to bed through the cries, screams, avoidance tactics, and pleas? How should you respond when you're awakened in the middle of the night? And how much sleep is enough for your kids?
How Much Is Enough?It all depends on a child's age. Charts that list the hours of sleep likely to be required by an infant or a 2-year-old may cause concern when individual differences aren't considered. These numbers are simply averages reported for large groups of kids of particular ages.
There's no magical number of hours required by all kids in a certain age group. Two-year-old Sarah might sleep from 8:00 PM to 8:00 AM, whereas 2-year-old Johnny is just as alert the next day after sleeping from 9:00 PM to 6:00 AM.
Still, sleep is very important to kids' well-being. The link between a lack of sleep and a child's behavior isn't always obvious. When adults are tired, they can be grumpy or have low energy, but kids can become hyper, disagreeable, and have extremes in behavior.
Most kids' sleep requirements fall within a predictable range of hours based on their age, but each child is a unique individual with distinct sleep needs.
Here are some approximate numbers based on age, accompanied by age-appropriate pro-sleep tactics.
School-Age Children and Preteens
School-age kids need 10 to 12 hours of sleep a night. Bedtime difficulties can arise at this age for a variety of reasons. Homework, sports and after-school activities, TVs, computers, and video games, as well as hectic family schedules might contribute to kids not getting enough sleep.
Lack of sleep can cause irritable or hyper types of behavior and may make it difficult for kids to pay attention in school. It is important to have a consistent bedtime, especially on school nights. Be sure to leave enough time before bed to allow your child to unwind before lights out.
[adapted from KidsHealth article] To read the original article and learn about sleep needs of children of all ages please click on the link: http://kidshealth.org/parent/general/sleep/sleep.html#
Give your child lots of opportunities to read aloud. Inspire your young reader to practice every day!
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By Susan StiffelmanFamily therapist, Author, Parenting Without Power Struggles
Many parents feel that screens have taken over their family's lives. While few could argue about the benefits digital devices offer, as parents, it's important that we establish guidelines for their use so they remain tools, rather than a source of endless distraction from real life.
Here are some tips for creating a life that balances online activities with those that can only take place in the 3-D world.
1. Talk -- and listen. In the same way that you'll have more than one conversation about the birds and the bees, you'll want to have a series of talks with your family about using screens in a balanced way. Acknowledge that while you want your kids to enjoy all the great things the digital world has to offer, you also want to ensure that they stay engaged with the wide range of activities that make us human. Be sure to listen. The more your youngsters sense your willingness to hear their point of view (most kids will want to be plugged in far more than than parents think they should be), the more willing they'll be to respect your rules.
2. Model healthy habits. If you interrupt conversations when you get a text message or spend hours every night in front of your laptop, your kids will have a hard time accepting your admonition to uplug. Read a book, take a walk, paint, sing or take up piano. By showing your children that there really are ways to have fun that don't require a plug or a battery, they'll be more inclined to follow suit.
3. Establish rituals. In some households, all electronic devices are handed over an hour before kids go to bed. In others, the router is turned off at a specific time. Still other parents institute a rule of "earning" plugged in time; for every twenty minutes spent reading, kids get twenty minutes of online time. The more you establish routines and rituals, the less you'll be pulled into daily haggling over unplugging.
4. Avoid heated negotiations. Many kids are terrific lawyers in the making; they can be highly persuasive when they want something badly. Acknowledge their desire for "a few more minutes," but be clear and decisive; don't fan the flames of their frustration by engaging in angry negotiations that aren't likely to yield a positive result.
5. Invest time in connecting. Spend time with your kids doing offline activities that nourish your relationship. Many parents are happy for their kids to spend hours plugged in because it gives them freedom to the things they want to do -- including catching up on their own online activities. Whether it's inventing a new dessert, hosting a father-daughter UNO championship or taking a family bike ride, make time for real-life activities with your kids that let them know that they're worth your time and undivided attention.
6. Be fearless. Few parents are unaffected when their kids tell them that they're "the meanest mom in the world," or "I wish I'd been born into another family!" But being a parent requires that we make decisions based on what is in the best interest of our child, even if that decision triggers anger and upset…
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By Elizabeth Pantley
Author of "Perfect Parenting" and "Kid Cooperation"
Are your mornings rushed, chaotic and disorganized? Then it's time to get control and make morning a good start to a wonderful day! When your morning activities run smoothly, and you're out the door on time it can make your whole day feel better. To create a peaceful morning routine, follow these steps:
Hint #1: Start your morning - at night!
A real key to smoothing out your morning is to prepare as much as you can the night before. This means choosing the day's clothing, packing lunches, gathering homework, signing permission slips and setting the table for breakfast.
Hint #2: Post a calendar
Buy the biggest wall calendar you can find and hang it in a central location. Write down events and appointments for everyone. Use different color marking pens to code items for easy reading. (As an example: ball practice in red, carpool in green, doctors/dentists in purple) Keep the calendar up to date and you'll be more organized!
Hint #3: Create a drop box
Have a labeled box for each family member by the door. Use this to store shoes, keys, backpacks, coats and anything else that goes out the door with you in the morning. Plastic tubs or decorated crates make great drop boxes!
Hint #4: Use a morning list
Sit down and analyze a typical morning. Make a list of everything that needs to be done. Create a poster-sized list of the standard morning activities listed in order to be done:
If you have a child who gets easily distracted and ignores the morning chart - don't give up! Just make a small mini-size chart, laminate it, put it on a chain and let your child wear it as his "morning necklace!" Your part is to make a few gentle reminders, "How are you doing on your chart this morning?"
Hint #5: Check out sleep time
If your child has trouble getting up in the morning and sticking to his schedule take a look at what time he or she goes to bed. Without adequate sleep a child won't be able to follow a morning routine successfully.
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Kids know why they whine -- it works. That doesn't mean, though, you can't prevent it.
By Constance Matthiessen
WebMD Magazine - Feature
Reviewed by Roy Benaroch, MD
Anne Crawford has three children, ages 8 through 13, so she has heard her share of whining.
"My kids whine about doing the chores," she says, "or about how unfair it is that one got something and the other didn't. I'd say whining pretty much comes with the territory."
According to Bay Area pediatrician Laurel Schultz, kids whine for a very simple reason. It works. "Whining gets the parent's attention," Schultz says. "A high-pitched whine is effective because a parent can't not attend to it."
Preventing the Whine
Schultz explains this is not a conscious strategy on the part of children, but a learned behavior -- and parents often play a role. If a child asks for something in a polite way and the parent doesn't respond the first time or two, the child will amp up the volume. A small child may holler or even throw a tantrum. But an older child, who has more self-control, is likely to whine.
To avoid whining, Schultz advises parents not to wait until children are in distress to acknowledge them. "It's important to respond to that first bid for attention, if you can," she says. "If you are on the phone or in the middle of a conversation, make eye contact with your child and put a finger up, so she knows you'll be with her in a minute. Then give your child your attention as soon as you can politely do so."
A Call for Attention
Educator and developmental psychologist Becky Bailey says that when whining does occur, parents should take a deep breath and remind themselves that the child is not trying to be irritating. The child is actually asking for help.
"Respond with I-statements," Bailey says, "and model the way you want the child to speak. Say something like, 'I don't like it when you whine. If you want a glass of milk, say it like this.' Then model the exact words and tone you want the child to use."
If your child continues to whine, and you're sure it's not from pain or illness, Bailey suggests that you look beyond the whiny behavior to determine the larger message it conveys. "Ask yourself, 'Have I been busier than usual? Has my child's routine changed? Has a sibling required more attention for some reason?' Often, whining is a signal it's time to reconnect with your child."
To continue reading please click here: http://www.webmd.com/parenting/guide/why-kids-whine-and-how-to-stop-them
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