How To Encourage Your Kids To Read Over The SummerUse it or lose it. That’s right. The human brain and children’s literacy skills are compared to muscles which can deteriorate when they are not being utilized. Researchers at U. Tennessee found that children who do not read in the summer lose 2-3 months of reading development, while those kids who do read, tend to gain a month of reading proficiency. What can you do to help? Sign your kids up for a summer reading program or reading challenge and frequent a public library! Read More
Outdoor play is healthy. Creativity is strongly encouraged as America’s children spend too much time on digital devices, in front of the television and enrolled n organized activities. This freelance writer and mother recommends reading books to your kids which inspire outdoor play and activities. One such books is “The Not So Great-Outdoors” about a city kid who begrudgingly goes with her family on a summer camping trip until she explores forests, lakes, mountains and a few encounters with wildlife which change her outlook. See More
With the goal of bettering the state’s education system and especially the learning deficit of children living in poverty, South Carolina created a pilot 4-year old kindergarten program for public schools and private child-care in 2006. Only 11,000+ of the state’s 36,000 4-year- olds living in poverty are enrolled: Some of the existing programs don’t meet the state’s standards, other schools don’t have the physical capacity or staffing, while several geographic areas simply lack the child-care options. SC House Speaker Jay Lucas and the state legislature are readdressing the efforts to recruit, train, expand and inspire enrollment again. We know high quality “4K” can have life-changing results. Read more
Music education cannot disappear from our schools and the arts are too often dropped when there are budget cuts The importance of music classes must be recognized, as the first formal, large-scale study affirms that music education strengthens cognitive abilities in children. The children who received music lessons in the study had significant cognitive improvements over other students, specifically impacting inhibition, planning and verbal intelligence. Read more
Storytelling-A Popular Tool For Developing Literacy
There is a way to help develop literacy skills in children, even if you believe that you are not a great reader, yourself- TELL them a good story! Think about the story development, sequencing and the power of the vocabulary and descriptions. Similar to reading, storytelling enhances listening and language skills which facilitate writing and reading. So go ahead..talk to and interact with your kids! Read more
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