Monthly Archives: February 2013

Learning About Authors and Illustrators

Kindergartners and First Graders are curious and interested in learning about the authors and illustrators of the books that they are reading.  Here is a site that has it all in once place. It is full of links to the websites of over 600 authors and illustrators. You just click on the first letter of the authors or illustrator’s name and you will be brought to a list where you will be able to choose the author or illustrator that you are looking for. http://comminfo.rutgers.edu/professional-development/childlit/AuthorSite/ Have fun!

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Books Available at All Times

Books Available At All Times

 

Learning to read is just like learning any other new skill, it takes practice…lots of practice.  This is especially true for first graders.  We do lots of reading at school.  There is guided reading in small reading groups, reading to yourself, reading with a buddy, reading a worksheet, reading a big book, reading the room (reading all wall charts in the room) and the list goes on and on.  Then the children go home and for some, the reading stops.  Many children want to read at home, they are so excited about their skills and the love of reading that they just can’t stop.  Then there are the children who read the bare minimum because they are only reading because their homework said that reading at home was required.  Then there are the children that don’t read at all at home.  Their excuses are many, “I don’t have any books at home”(hard to believe since we send the children home with books every Monday and they check out library books on Tuesdays), “I couldn’t find my book”, “I was busy”, but the one I can never believe is “my parents didn’t have time to read with me!”  What?  Your parents didn’t have time for you?? Parents, your child needs your guidance not only while learning to read, but also after they have become a reader.  Your child should have access to books anytime they want to read one.  Many parents have ipads and iphones – find the sites that free offer books for your child to read (http://www.storylineonline.net/) and then teach your child how to use your device.  Make sure your child has books in the car, books by his/her bed, books in the living room for when you turn off the TV. Children will read if given the opportunity and it is up to you the parent to see that your child is reading at every available moment, and not just because he/she has to.  If you want your child to become a lifetime lover of books, you have to do your part in instilling this love NOW!

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20 Questions to Ask Your Child At Bedtime

When I was a young mother, I really looked forward to the time of the day when all of the  hustle and bustle had ended, homework was done and baths and teeth were finished.  Story time.  Our children looked forward to this special time each evening as much as we did.  It was a time to think about our day, plan for tomorrow and ALWAYS listen to a story or two.  My niece, who is now a young mother herself, came across this website that listed 20 questions that you should ask your child at bedtime.  It is a wonderful way to connect with your child and see what he/she has been thinking about.  Take a look and go ahead start asking your child these questions and look forward to the delightful conversations that will follow.

http://www.imom.com/espresso-minute/20-pillow-talk-questions-for-you-and-your-child/

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