Trick your kids into reading something different
When you and your child read the same book together simultaneously, and then discuss what you have read, you can help your child learn new vocabulary, reading comprehension strategies, and the beginnings of literary interpretation.
But what happens if all your child wants to read is Captain Underpants over and over again? How do you get your child to branch out?
One suggestion is to create an “I Read/You Read Challenge” box.
The way the box works is simple. When your child finishes a book she drops it in the box and then mom or dad reads it too. That way you can discuss it. (So yes, you may end up having to discuss Captain Poo-Poo-Pants.)
Here’s the catch: the box also works in reverse.
Mom can read a quality children’s literature title of her choosing, and drop that book in the box. Now kiddo has to read the book too.
A deal is a deal right?
Jennifer Bardsley writes the parenting column: I Brake for Moms for The Everett Daily Herald. Her dream is to spark a national conversation about how massive parental involvement is the key to high quality education. When she’s not reading books with her kids or tripping over their toys, she blogs about early education at: Teaching My Baby to Read.
We will have more from Jennifer next week.
Here’s an easy recipe for a Thanksgiving Dessert for those who aren’t fond of Pumpkin Pie.
Beat: 1 C sugar, 3 eggs, 1 tsp vanilla, ½ C oil, ½ C applesauce until smooth. In a separate bowl,
Mix: 2 C flour ( I mix several kinds together, white, wheat, spelt, buckwheat), 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp cinnamon. Add this to the wet mix.
Stir: until smooth. Add in 3 C chopped apples (feel free to use several varieties), and 1 C chopped walnuts. Stir until blended.
Pour: Into a greased and floured tube pan or square cake pan.
Bake: at 350 for 40-50 minutes. Test to see if it is done by inserting a toothpick in the middle of the cake. If it comes out dry…it’s done.
The books that brought their magic to my childhood. Thanks Kami.
With the football season well under way and Thanksgiving arriving in just a few weeks, you might want to consider getting the family outdoors for a game of Touch Football. It’s perfect for all ages and a great way to get family members together. No equipment is needed except a football and some enthusiasm. If you’re unsure of the rules for the game, visit http://www.ehow.com and type in “touch football” in the search bar. Then, go outside and have a ball!
Here are some books I’ve recently had the pleasure of reading. They are each delightful in their own way and perfect if you are looking for a stocking stuffer or small gift to give a child for the holidays.
1. One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street (MG) – by Joanne Rocklin is a charming, touching and utterly delightful story about some brave, and clever children who try to save an old orange tree from being bulldozed to make way for a house. Along the way, they end up saving a lot more.
2. A Soldier’s Secret (MG) – by Marissa Moss tells the true story of Sarah Edmonds who fought in the Civil War with Union Troops disguised as a man. She worked as a nurse, soldier, mail carrier and spy. How was she able to hide her true identity and gender? Read and find out in this riveting tale.
3.Kissing Brendan Callahan (MG) – by Susan Amesse is a sweet story of budding romance and learning who to trust when it comes to family, friendship, and doing what’s right.
4. The last two are PB’s with a delightful premise: The Day The Crayons Quit – by Drew Daywalt is told from the point of view of the crayons. How does it feel to be the most favorite color, the least favorite color, and the ones in between? The crayons will tell you a few reasons why they have had enough. One of the most clever and engaging picture books in recent memory.
5. Tea Party Rules – by Ame Dykeman, finds a hungry bear who happens upon a little girl’s tea party. She’s serving cookies! The little girl is nowhere in sight. So bear pretends to be a stuffed guest just so he can have cookies. In order to eat them, he has to follow the little girl’s rules. Can he do it? You’ll have to read this delightful book to find out.
On Friday I posted some sites on how to draw. Today I want to highlight a great sight with drawing and arts and crafts projects of all kinds. Red Ted Art’s Blog has so many crafts and art activities for kids of all ages, especially with holiday themes for this time of year. The step -by- step instructions are accompanied by photos that are easy to see, so each project guarantees success. What better gift for a child to give to a loved one than something he or she made by hand. For great ideas and how to get started: Check out http://www.redtedart.com and let your child’s art and creativity soar.
If you have some budding artists around the house or bored kids who like doodling, try checking out some online sites that teach children how to draw. The sites below provide step-by-step instructions for drawing all kinds of things from animals, vehicles, Disney characters, cartoons and much more. Who knows? Creating art is a wonderful way to boost self-esteem as well as provide a positive outlet for creativity. To start out, all that’s needed is paper and drawing implements. For ideas on what to draw:
1. http://www.my-how-to-draw.com This site also allows children to upload their favorite drawings to display on the website.
I welcome any drawing you create. If you send them in, I will display them on this site.