Perhaps your child needs help to create a resume, prepare to take the SAT’s, learn a foreign language, determine their ancestry, or merely to write a report, this is where to go. Plus, if they have a question about anything, the librarian can provide the answer or direct them where to look. With endless material at their fingertips and a friendly staff to offer support, what do they need with you?
Ok, that part may not be correct, but it’s nice to know there are other individuals to help!
So here are the ten reasons you should send your child to one, as they offer:
These havens have been known to do even more than that! Some have allowed patrons to check out materials such as games, tools, telescopes, cameras, headphones, sports equipment, musical instruments cooking utensils and dogs! So investigate your local library’s website for more information, and to find out what interesting products & activities they offer.
Is there actually an ideal time to acquire and retain knowledge?
Oh, how I wish this answer was as simple as telling you that at exactly 4:35 pm you should sit your children down to begin their academic work, as their critical thinking is functioning at its fullest potential.
Unfortunately, that’s not the case.
Science can determine a median for the best times for someone to wake up, eat, exercise, and remember information based on brain function, circadian rhythms, and hormones.
But everyone is different, and a pattern for one person will not be the same for another.
Besides biology, other factors come into play like:
*What’s your child’s age?
*Have they had a sufficient amount of quality sleep?
*Have they eaten properly?
*Do they have any difficulties regarding attention or mental dysfunction?
Meaning, we need to take many items into consideration and also pay attention to our kid’s standard tendencies to determine:
-What duration are they available for
-When are they most alert during the hours we have access to them &
-At what point are distractions at home the lowest
So let's say your child is most alert in the morning but not able to do school work, you can then designate a time when they get home, and after some practice, their brain will understand what it's supposed to do, and perform optimally.
Think about what happens when someone prepares for bed. They put on pajamas, brush their teeth, turn off lights & sounds, lay in bed and say their prayers. (Please feel free to insert your duties in here. ☺) When done consistently, these actions trigger the body to relax, and the brain to begin the transition into sleep because that’s what it has learned to do through repetition.
Academic endeavors will also benefit from this philosophy
*Make sure your kids have eaten properly to increase brain function. Have healthy snacks & water available.
*Set up a space that is specifically designed for studying. Make it comfortable with ample light and the proper tools needed. Much like putting on the imaginary “thinking cap” in elementary school, as soon as their butt sits in that chair the scholarly shift will begin to take place! :)
*Appoint a time and practice daily, then the mind & body will shift into focus.
*TURN OFF as many distractions as possible like games, cell phones, the TV and music
(Unless they study better with it, which we will discuss in an upcoming blog.)
*Take any physical or mental dysfunctions your child may have into account, and ask their physician for any tips to help.
*Try to get them to sleep at a decent time to ensure that the following day will run smoothly.
It can be challenging to get children to practice much of anything.
If the activity they’re doing isn’t entertaining, they seem to lose all desire to follow through.
But, if we can try to make the tips & tricks listed below enticing, their writing skills will be blissfully habitual without them even knowing it!
Start When They’re Young:
3. Write words in front of your kids
4. Read the words out loud as you write them
5. Deliberately show how to form each line
6. Have them sit in a comfortable position with the paper slightly slanted to encourage proper technique as they start to practice
Support them as they grow:
Let them play:
Be a team:
19. Ask their teacher how well your child is writing in class
20. Take the time to do the required homework with them
21. Ask their teacher if there’s anything else you should be doing at home to help
22. Take notice if there’s a problem with sight, dexterity or comprehension, then seek the proper help if you believe they may be at a disadvantage.
23. If they still need more assistance, find a qualified tutor in your area.
When they get older:
AS A PARENT WE COULD:
*Emphasize learning the alphabet
*Set aside a designated time to read to your child
*Assign a place that is comfortable for both of you to sit and practice
*Turn off all distractions
*Designate at least a few minutes each day to this exercise (if possible)
*Have your child sit beside or in front of you so they can see the words as the story progresses
*Read out loud
*Use entertaining voices & facial expressions to hold their interest
*Emphasize punctuation marks
*Identify the separate sounds in a word (Phonemic Awareness)
*Slide your finger under the words as you go along
*Make sure you take the time to look at the pictures
*If it’s a book that they have memorized, ask your child to say the next words
*Point out people, places, and events that are similar in both the story & their lives
*Take the time to answer any questions they may have about the story
*Ask questions about the story to your child as you are reading.
*Leave books accessible at all times
*Allow for ample light and comfortable conditions to practice
*Try not to read for too long
*If your child is upset or not interested, don’t force it
*Discuss aspects of a story even when you are not currently reading
BE PART OF A TEAM:
*Set aside time to do homework & assignments with your child
*Keep in contact with their teacher to see how they are performing in school, and if they happen to notice any signs of learning or sight issues
*Enlist the help of a tutor if you or your child are still struggling
There has been some debate regarding which skill is more crucial, reading or writing?
With our current education curriculum and superior voice-activated technology, reading is our likely victor as it seems one must know how to read if they want to write competently. However, both are necessary, so rather than the either-or dispute, let’s just call the two of them paramount. Both abilities are symbiotic, and it’s a fact that the skills of one will increase by having the knowledge of the other.
(Check out our previous post: Why Is Reading So Important?)
The ability to adequately express thoughts, feelings, and information through written word will:
Writing is also a:
Academic instructors and employment professionals often use this art as a reference to assess one’s learning abilities, productivity, and overall intellect. A person’s capability to write effectively, with correct grammar and punctuation, will lead to a positive impression for whoever is evaluating their performance. This individual may base acceptance, hiring, and promotions upon such factors. Consequently, it’s worth learning efficiently and taking the time to practice regularly to strengthen this craft.
In the last post, we learned about the distressing statistics that occur when a nation has low literacy rates. It was not intended to depress anyone, but rather as an acknowledgment of the problem,
and a call to action.
Hopefully, it will light a fire under all of our butts to do something productive about it.
So let’s cut the negativity and discuss the positive reasons why reading is important.
What benefits increase as your child grows?
Well, if you look between the ages two and five, you will notice:
Besides those already listed, as your child ages, other items are worth considering:
Why do YOU believe reading is so important?
How is that even possible?
Did you know that
1 in 4 children grow up without knowing how to read?
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) states guidelines for proficiency as follows:
Basic: Represents a partial mastery of prerequisite knowledge & skills required for competency at each grade.
Proficient: Suggests solid academic performance & students have demonstrated competency over challenging subject matter.
Advanced: Denotes exceptional performance.
(For information log onto https://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/reading/achieveall.aspx)
WE CAN DO BETTER THAN THIS!
As parents of the next generation,
it is our responsibility to make the desperately needed improvements.
Our children do not deserve to be another alarming statistic.
Together we can make the necessary changes.
So let us figure out ways give our kids the greatest chance for success!
The Legit-Lit-4-Kids Blog was born out of many burning inquiries I had about both children’s literature and literacy. As a mother of two, one five-year-old girl and a two-year-old little boy, I began thinking of things like:
Now, as my daughter is getting older, I have the same queries that also revolve around writing. Reading and writing tend to go hand in hand, so I began to expand my research. Although I write children’s books, my educational and professional background lies in holistic healthcare, mind & body psychology and massage therapy, which at first I imagined would be zero help concerning this subject, but then more questions started forming like:
Thus was born, the Legit-Lit-4-Kids Blog. With a pledge declaring loud and proud that I will be: “Helping adults to inspire, motivate & provide the opportunity for kids to read & write creatively.”
I would design a website with useful information, and space where I can dispense my findings and receive questions and comments from you all.
My plan will be to post twice a week, time permitting, and also include things like book reviews, author and or illustrator interviews, and anything I can think of that may help concerning children’s literature and literacy. You can read these articles, or if you are on the go, I will also have an audio recording of each one to make it even easier! No excuses! I want to educate and encourage adults to teach their children the importance of reading and writing as these skills are imperative.
(For more information about me, and my deeper thoughts as to how crucial
I believe these abilities are, please check out my About Page)