Author: FunLearning

Why Should I Read To My Infant?

Many people begin reading books to their children from the time they are brand new babies. Why do they do this and should you do the same? Many experts agree that this is actually a good practice to get into. It might seem strange to read a book to a three month old baby, but, it is a wonderful bonding experience for you and your baby. One main thing that it does is allow you precious time when you are speaking directly to your baby. Babies that are spoken to a lot score higher on standard tests when they are three years old than infants that were not spoken to often. So reading to your baby is just another way to add variety to the time you spend talking to your them and adding to their growing vocabulary. When your baby hears you read, he hears what a narrative sounds like. He hears the different tones and inflections in your voice and his rapidly-growing brain starts to wrap around the idea of what a story sounds like. He might not consciously understand that, but, the brain grows faster at this time in our lives than at any other.Ā  Helping all of those networks connect is one of the best things we can do for our babies. More than anything, though, your baby will begin to associate books/reading with happy,...

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Phonics

An important part of teaching children to read is phonics instruction. Teaching phonics is teaching children about the blending of letters to make certain sounds and also introducing them to the relationship between printed letters and spoken words. So we are not just dealing with multiple letter blends, but, also, understanding that the letter ‘d’ in the word dog makes the ā€œdā€ sound. There are a lot of activities that you can do with children to get them started on understanding how these sounds and these printed letters and words work together. As children are learning the relationship between letters and sounds, these fun activities will allow them to practice what they are learning. Make a trail of alphabet footprints so you and the children can sing the alphabet song as you walk along the ABC path. Use some sturdy paper, like cardstock, and cut out 26 footprints and write one letter of the alphabet on each one. Secure them on the floor with packing tape in order, but, in a gently curving path. Step on the letters one at a time, in order, and sing each letter as you step on it. Now let the child try it and sing along with him as he walks the path. For this activity, you will need two teams of kids. You are going to give each team a word and...

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Kids Books

It is so common for toddlers to become obsessed with things that almost every parent you talk to has countless stories to tell you about their child’s obsessions and the funny stories that came about because of them. Stopping at every construction site you see to sit for a while and watch. Grandpa calling to tell you every time there’s new construction by his house, telling you to pack up the kids to come watch. Renting a really interesting new construction movie, only to watch it, literally, three times in a row. We all get the picture and we have all been there, in one way or another. Whether it’s construction or trains or Princess Barbie, the drill is the same. Those sweet, little munchkins live it and breathe it until we think we just can’t stand to watch any more fireman movies for the rest of our lives. There is a really productive thing that we can do with all of this toddler obsession, though. We can use it as an opportunity to turn out little ones into bookworms! When little Jimmy wants nothing but more trains, trains, trains ā€“ give him just that. Take him to the library and show him just how many kids books about trains there are. This would be a great opportunity to get your child their own library card and let them...

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Children Learn

Children Learn There are so many fun activities that we can do with our children to get them excited about books and the world of reading. When kids are having fun, it is so much easier to draw them into something – like the wonderful world of literature. The very best thing we can do is to guide and direct them to enjoy it for themselves. When we are intrinsically motivated to do something, it is a much more lasting motivation. This will form an awesome foundation for their whole school careers. A fun way to really dig into a story is to read it with your child and when you are done, ask your child their favorite part of the story. Then have them draw a picture of that part. When they are done, ask them for a short explanation of their picture and that part in the story. And either have them dictate to you and you write it on the bottom of their picture or let them write it if they can. Another fun way to really engage your child in the books you are reading with them is to play a guessing game. Each time you turn the page of the book, look at the pictures with your child and have them guess what they think might be going on at this point in the...

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Reading Out Loud To Your Child Is Beneficial In Many Ways

Reading out loud to children of all ages is very important. It is so helpful in their development as readers and also in their mastery of language. Studies have shown that children that don’t have people reading aloud to them struggle in school, or just don’t do as well in school. Reading out loud to children can expand their vocabularies, foster more vivid imaginations, and help them learn pronunciation skills. Some sentences or sections of books or even whole books may get skipped over if a child is only reading to himself. When the text is beyond the child’s level of literacy, they are much more likely to choose something else to read. So therefore, when children are read aloud to, they are being exposed to literature that they normally would pass over. It can be good for kids to hear books that are above their own reading levels. They are exposed to sentence structure, words, and concepts that they would not normally encounter on their own. Their brains are being fed and nurtured and they do not even realize it. They are just enjoying the experience of having someone read to them. The experience of the read-aloud time can be a great bonding time between a mother and a child, an older sibling and a younger sibling, or a teacher and her students. They are coming together over...

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