Do you have to read to your kids to get them to be great readers? SlimyBookworm.com poses an interesting question. Get them to read to you instead!
Is texting hurting our children’s ability to speak, write or think? The antidote is a heavy and frequent dose of good literature.
Three Jewels in My Crown had such a great idea! She uses those fake finger extensions that you can buy for Halloween costumes year round as word pointers while reading with her children! Genius! Plus you can also get double use if it’s part of a costume, maybe even yours!
I think children who do not struggle with decoding the words can find reading boring for many reasons. Here are three of them: They have not found the right book. Their limited word and world knowledge makes many texts too difficult to understand. They are so used to reading not making sense, that they do not put much energy into making it make sense.
Yikes, I am almost out of pics of kids caught in the act of reading!!! Please, please, please take pity on me and send more to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
And thank you to the nice people who sent in photos for this week! I know two of them; middle grade author Karen Day and Mama C and the Boys whose excellent blog arrives daily into my email box! Thank you to readers Elizabeth and Hope for their cuties caught in the act of reading!
Best Phonics Workbooks: Explode the Code (at Amazon.com)
Best Phonics for reluctant read aloud readers: progressive phonics (www.progressivephonics.com)
Fun book series for reluctant read aloud readers: You Read to Me and I’ll Read to You
The Commonwealth Hotel in Boston is holding their second annual Bedtime Stories Pajama Party on February 25th, to help raise money for ReadBoston, a nonprofit children’s literacy organization founded by Mayor Thomas Menino back in 1995.
Will kids read more if it’s on a digital reader (iPad, Kindle, etc.)? Here’s what the Scholastic research found (via New York Times article by Julie Bosman):
Invented spelling is the name for children’s misspellings before they know the rules adults use to spell, often before they know how to read. In some respects inventive spellers are learning to write as they learned to talk. Invented spelling is not so much an approach to writing as it is a way of removing obstacles in the path of a young writer. Children don’t automatically and spontaneously arrive at the correct spelling of a word simply because they read.