Posted tagged ‘Reading’

Spending Time Together

March 26, 2020

In this time of uncertainty with the coronavirus on everyone’s mind, life has become more stressful than ever. Many parents are now working from home. With child care centers and schools closed, your children may be causing interruptions and demanding your attention as you try to work. It’s not an easy time for anyone. When possible, take a break from your work and spend some quality time with your kids. They, too, are trying to cope with a new way of family life.

Here are a few ideas that might help entertain your children. As an added plus of spending time together, these activities also complement the STEM/STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) curriculum in schools. You may find that these special moments spent with your family can be fun for everyone.

Craft Day – Choose a simple craft and create.

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Organize and Categorize Day – Organize toys and books. Set aside those that your children no longer want and donate them.

Theater Day – Have the family act out one of their favorite books or make up a play and perform it.

Game Board Day/Card Game Day – Have fun learning a new card game or playing a board game.

Puzzle Day – Grab a puzzle piece and see where it fits.

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Game Show Day – Ask questions dealing with math, books, nature, etc. Correct answers gain points. With the points collected, all participants can choose a little prize – a special snack, a sticker, a small toy you may have saved for an anytime prize, etc.

Family Movie/Popcorn Day – Vote on a movie and enjoy it with the family with a side of popcorn.

Cookie Baking Day – Choose a family favorite recipe and measure, mix, and bake.

Quiet Reading Day – Find a quiet place to read your favorite books.

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Hide and Seek Day – Take turns hiding an object and have others find it with hot/cold prompts.

Zoo Day – Gather stuffed animals and set up a zany zoo.

Dress-up Day – Dress up in old clothes you may have around the house and let your imagination go wild.

Build a Tent Day – Use Sheets and blankets to create a secret place.

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Sidewalk Chalk Day – Draw a town in your driveway with roads, flowers, houses.

Band Day – Use objects around the house to create instruments. Don’t forget your voice is an instrument, too. Sing it out!

Build a House Day – Do you have old boxes? Try making a mini house with your mini family members.

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Old MacDonald Farm Day – With a moo, moo here and a moo, moo there… Keep on singing, adding as many farm animals as you can. Draw your favorite farm animals and house them in an imaginary barn.

Take a Quiet Walk Day – Make sure to keep your distance from other walkers.

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This is an extraordinarily stressful time. We are strong. We will get through this. When we do, we may realize that this was the best of the worst of times — a time when families came together.

Stay safe!

 

 

 

 

Kwame Alexander Teaches Us – HOW TO READ A BOOK

February 27, 2020

Frequent readers of my blog know – I love picture books! I just glommed on to a fabulous picture book, and I don’t want to let it go!

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How to Read a Book is written by Kwame Alexander, a New York Times bestselling author and winner of multiple awards. He received the Newbery Medal in 2015 for The Crossover, and in January of this year, he won a Newbery Honor for his book The Undefeated. Kwame Alexander’s picture book is a lyrical poem written from the heart. His powerful words evoke wonder and excitement and encourage children to open a book and “peel its gentle skin, like you would a clementine.” He writes about the feel, the smell, the sound, the look, and the taste of words readers discover in books. Alexander’s awe-inspiring poem speaks to the soul and opens the door to the joys of reading. Melissa Sweet’s illustrations add another dimension to Alexander’s delightful text. Sweet is also a New York Times bestselling author and artist, a two-time winner of the Caldecott Honor Medal, and winner of the 2012 Sibert Medal for Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade. Melissa Sweet’s unique collage illustrations complement Kwame Alexander’s poetic words. She uses a variety of materials including neon paint colors and pages from a discarded copy of Bambi which adds to the overall experience as readers immerse themselves in this book. Besides the eye-catching colors and attention to detail, Sweet also includes fold-out pages and smaller pages within pages that will appeal to readers. Each page turn is a gift of words and art.

This book is truly magic!

 

 

Resolution: Turn Your Kids on to Books!

January 9, 2020

“From your parents you learn love and laughter and how to put one foot before the other. But when books are opened you discover you have wings.”~ Helen Hayes

Here are ten easy reading resolutions for the new year to encourage your child to read:

Frequent the library

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Fill your house with books

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Read to your kids

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Choose a variety of books to have on hand – fiction and nonfiction

Share books

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Keep books in the car

Create a cozy reading space or let your kids find a place of their own

(Poor dog just lost her cozy spot)

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Create a fun activity to go along with a book

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Don’t forget about children’s magazines – a different feel, a different look

Be a role model and let your children see you reading

“There are many different ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.” ~Jacqueline Kennedy

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“Turn the pages of your imagination…READ!”~Author Unknown

 

Raising Readers

September 26, 2019

Starting from the womb and beyond, reading to your children is a perfect way to get them hooked on books. To create a reader, be a reader. Studies have shown reading to your children helps develop speech and language skills, comprehension, vocabulary, concentration, listening skills, and imagination. Reading is a great way to forge family bonds, to teach children about the world around them, and to develop empathy toward others.

The library is a perfect place to check out books without spending money. You can read…

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In a hat

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On a mat

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Under a chair

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In a crate

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On a deck

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On a rainy day

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With your younger sister

You can read anywhere!

So, set aside a special time each day, gather your children together and…

READ.

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Celebration of Children’s Book Week

May 2, 2019

This week is the 100th anniversary of Children’s Book Week.

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Take to heart what these famous people had to say. Then open a book and read to a child!

“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” — Frederick Douglass

“There are many little ways to enlarge your world.  Love of books is the best of all.” – Jacqueline Kennedy

“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” – Walt Disney

“To learn to read is to light a fire” — Victor Hugo

 

Check out this article from The New York Times:  In Classic Children’s Books, a Window to Childhood in Past Centuries.

The Rocket Book by Peter Newell is mentioned in the article. This delightful 1912 edition is part of my book collection.

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Remember:

“A book is a gift you can open again and again.” –  Garrison Keillor

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Read Books! Read Books!

Promote Reading with Dr. Seuss

February 28, 2019

Saturday, March 2nd, is Dr. Seuss’s birthday. In schools across the nation, children will be celebrating Read Across American Day on Friday, March 1st.

Don’t miss out. Grab a book and read!

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One book, two books.

Old books, new books.

 

Some are short and funny, too.

Some are long like a size twelve shoe.

 

Magic happens in a book.

Turn the page and take a look.

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Books can fly you to the moon

Just by riding on a spoon.

 

Happy, sad, or full of flair

Books can take you anywhere.

So …

Grab a book and grab a friend.

Read a book until the end.

 

It’s Read Across America Day!

Do you know what Dr. Seuss would say?

 

“The more that you read, the more things you will know.

The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

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See more about Read Across American here.

 

 

 

Celebrate Literacy with World Read Aloud Day

January 31, 2019

Tomorrow is World Read Aloud Day. It was created by LitWorld.

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This is from The National Council of Teachers of English on why the read aloud is important – The Power of the World Read Aloud.

Power: Reading, writing and storytelling continue to be the defining way to claim power and one’s own voice.
Community: The Read Aloud lifts a community and shapes it: the stories read, the poems discussed, the articles examined, together create an environment of reflection and trust.
Hope: Reading together assures our children that stories honor past, present and future. They are in the presence of other people’s dreams and can create some of their own too.

It’s a bit late to join in some of the events, but here are a few ideas from Here Wee Read.

  • Attend a read aloud event in your community or at a local library or bookstore.
  • Donate books you no longer want or need to a local organization, school, pediatric office, Little Free Library or shelter.
  • Read aloud a stack of 2 – 5 picture books at home with smaller kids or read aloud a couple of chapters together with older kids.

 

You can still celebrate this wonderful event. It’s for everyone – young and old. Read aloud to someone you love!

 

 


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