Friday, October 15, 2010

Grow your childs love for reading

I was reading to Marley tonight and found a book called Mrs. Rosey-Posey and the Fine China Plate that I got when i was around 9 or 10. It brought back memories of going to Didi Zetelmeirs house with my friends and playing  dress up, having snacks, playing and she would read us a book. She got us all of us Mrs. Rosey-Posey and the Fine China Plate books, and china plates that she wrote on the back of, and chocolate covered cherries... just like in the book! The book is about a little girl named Natalie that comes to Mrs. Rosey Posey's house when her friends go to a movie that Natalie's parents won't let her see. Mrs. Rosey Posey gives Natalie chocolate covered cherries and lets her choose which plate she'd like to eat it on. Mrs. Rosey Posey tells her a story about a special china plate that sets itself apart for a visiting king. My  friends and i all got china plates that Didi wrote on the back of with chocolate covered cherries, just like in the book!  It was so fun and i'm so excited to be able to recreate some of those memories for Marley!

It's never too soon to start your child on the path to reading. Simply talking to your infant and toddler helps her develop the vocabulary she will need as she enters school and begins to read. As you point to and name objects, she will begin to understand the meaning of words, and will eventually begin to incorporate those words into his vocabulary.
The U.S. Department of Education recommends beginning to read to your baby when she is six months old. According to their 2003 report, "Hearing words over and over helps her become familiar with them. Reading to your baby is one of the best ways to help her learn."
In that same report, the Department of Education also recommends that parents reach out to groups that can:
  • Help you find age-appropriate books to use at home with your child;
  • Show you creative ways to use books with your child and other tips to help her learn; and
  • Provide year-round children's reading and educational activities.
A child's love for reading grows when the words on the page come to life through experiences shared as a family. For example, after reading Eric Carle's Ten Little Rubber Ducks to your toddler, you can learn all about real ducks, make ocean snacks, or go on a family outing and feed the ducks at a nearby pond.

In order to help your child get ready to read, the Department of Education also recommends:
  • Using sounds, songs, gestures, and words that rhyme to help your baby learn about language and its many uses.
  • Pointing out the printed words in your home and other places you take your child, such as the grocery store.
  • Spending as much time listening to your child as you do talking to her.
  • Taking children's books and writing materials with you whenever you leave home. This gives your child fun activities to entertain and occupy her while traveling and running errands.
  • Creating a quiet, special place in your home for your child to read, write, and draw.
  • Keeping books and other reading materials where your child can easily reach them. Having her own bookshelf or small bookcase will not only make her feel special, but will also communicate to her that reading is special.
  • Reading books, newspapers and magazines yourself, so that your child can see that reading is important.
  • Limiting the amount and type of television you and your child watch.
The best thing you do to ensure that your child will grow up reading well and loving to read is to read to her every day. The time you spend reading together will create a special bond between the two of you, and will open the doors for a dialogue that will continue throughout the more trying years of adolescence. The Department of Education suggests that, when you're reading, you discuss new words. As an example, they suggest that you say, "This big house is called a palace. Who do you think lives in a palace?" Likewise, they suggest taking time to ask about the pictures and what your child thinks is happening in the story.

The same report suggests additional strategies for early literacy:
  • When reading a book with large print, point at each word as you read it. Your child will understand that the word being spoken is the word she sees.
  • Read a favorite book over and over again.
  • Read stories with rhyming words and lines that repeat, and have your child join in.
  • Read from a variety of children's books, including fairy tales, poems, and non-fiction. 

    On that note... Here are a few cute books that Ive run into recently: 
                                                                  Dog Blue
    Bertie wants a dog, a blue dog, more than anything in the world. For now, though, he likes to pretend he has one, patting it, walking it, even playing both sides of a game of fetch. One day, Bertie finds a real dog, and it's puppy love at first sight — or is it? In this story of an inventive boy who meets the dog of his dreams, Polly Dunbar tells an engaging tale full of whimsy and humor. (This story also comes with a nice message about not judging people on their looks ... enjoy reading!) Get dog blue here

                                    The Life of Mr. Mustache

"The life of Mr Mustache" is a book about the Studio Violet character Mr Mustache who worries for nothing and can't sleep. What is bothering him? When he finds out, things start to feel better. Written in rhyme. Get your copy of MR. Mustache here!

                                    When you were small

"Why do I have to go to bed?" wonders a young boy in When You Were Small. His father wants him to go to bed, but he'd rather be out playing. This story addresses a common complaint heard by parents everywhere, offering a novel way to make bedtime a special part of each day. Trying to get his son to go to sleep, the father reminisces with him about when he was a child, showing him that bedtime can be something fun. Written by an award-winning playwright and illustrated with vivid images that bring the dreamlike story to life, When You Were Small is the perfect book for children in a hurry to grow up and adults who want to remember what it was like to be young. Get your copy of When You Were Small here!

                                                  There was an Old Lady
There was an old lady who swallowed a fly...a bird...a cat...a dog...a snake...a cow...and a horse. Do you know what happened to her? Of course you do! But with his distinct art style and a clever format, acclaimed graphic designer Jeremy Holmes has given the universal rhyme a unique makeover that is clever, funny, and unexpected.(An old book but new makeover.. This used to be my favorite book to read with my grandma!) Get your copy here

 Written from the simplicity of a child's perspective, the plain-but-powerful text voices important childhood knowledge such as "I know when I look in the mirror, what I see is me" and that "dogs go bowwow and that is how they talk." Illustrated with graphic designer Paul Rand's colorful, playful artwork, I Know a Lot of Things, with all the teeny nuggets of wisdom contained therein, is destined to please a new generation.
Get your copy here! 
                                                      Big Rabbits Bad Mood

Big Rabbit has a mood. A bad mood. A mood with attitude. A big, disgusting mood that won't leave him alone. What's a rabbit to do? He tries watching TV, but the bad mood is on every channel. He tries making a salad, but the bad mood is un-ignorable, lying on his sofa, eating chips and wiping his boogers on the rug. Whatever will make it go away? The unusual portrayal of a bad mood as a creature that can't be banished will make kids giggle. Combined with a silly sense of humor and a very real sense of what it's like to want to shake off a grumpy feeling, this book will resonate with readers of every mood. Love the illistration in this adorable book about Big Rabbits Bad Mood. Get your copy here!

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