The iMums Let’s Talk Book Event June 23-30, 2012

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      The Importance of Reading Over the Summer Months Summer officially starts June 21st and the lazy days of summer are upon us.  But as parents we don't want our children to fall behind in their reading skills.  According to Ron Fairchild, Founding CEO of the National Summer Learning Association states that "Kids who don't have educationally rich summers will be nearly three years behind their peers by the time they reach the end of fifth grade... Much like we would expect an athlete or a musician's performance to suffer if they don't practice regularly, the same thing is true for young people when it comes to reading performance." (Source: readingrockets.org). A number of studies have shown that reading over the summer can prevent "summer reading loss."  You can imagine that this loss is cumulative in that they don't catch up in the fall because their … [Read more...]

PBS KIDS #gno Twitter Party: Summer Reading

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Summer officially starts next Thursday June 21st and that means our kids are going to be looking to us to keep them entertained. PBS KIDS is working with Mom It Forward to encourage reading over the summer and will have a Twitter Party on Thursday, June 14th between 6-7pm PST where they will talk about how to encourage your children to continue reading throughout the lazy days of summer.  Teachers and librarians encourage to not take a vacation from reading but  have that be a part of your family activities.  Some suggestions to keep your child reading throughout the summer include: Visit Your Local Library As a child I remember how much I enjoyed taking school trips to the library and finding a quiet section to read the latest Nancy Drew novel. Check with your local library as many have activities at night such as story hours and some have programs where older kids will read to … [Read more...]

Literacy: Ways to Teach Children How to Read

Originally posted by Melissa Northway on Mom It Forward: http://momitforward.com/literacy-ways-to-teach-children-how-to-read Now looking back on my childhood, I realize I was fortunate that our house was filled with many types of books. My favorite time in school was the designated half-hour of reading in our Homeroom Class. Some students hated this time meant for reading, but it was the period I most looked forward to throughout the day. I don’t think it is an accident that coming from a family of readers, I in turn, absolutely love to read. I enjoy Young Adult (YA) Books, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and even Middle Grade (MG) Books! My husband does think I am (a bit) silly for reading MG and YA Books, but the good ones have interesting characters and storylines such as The Ember Series by Jeanne DuPrau and The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. Research has found that the most … [Read more...]

How to Teach Our Children Emotional Literacy

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Originally posted by Melissa Northway on Mom it Forward: http://momitforward.com/teaching-children-emotional-literacy The ability to label and understand our emotions and appropriately express our feelings is an important skill that needs to be learned in childhood. Children are not born with this ability and must be taught how to identify and express their emotions.  Emotional literacy is the ability to recognize, understand and appropriately express our emotions. Feel.org states that becoming emotional literate is learning the alphabet, grammar and vocabulary of our emotional lives. What a great way to describe this important life skill! In fact, a recent poll by USA Today showed that when parents were asked what they most wanted to change in their children’s schools, 75% of the respondents replied emotional literacy, though not by name. The most frequent response at 36% was … [Read more...]