May 1, 2021
No bells and whistles, just a book, it's that easy! Consider....
Reading improves concentration: Children have to sit still and quietly so they can focus on the story. If they are read to regularly, they develop the ability to do this for longer periods.
Reading teaches children about the world around them: Through reading, children learn about people, places and events outside their own experience. They are exposed to ways of life, ideas and beliefs about the world which may be different from those which surround them. This learning is important for its own sake however it also builds a store of background knowledge which helps younger children learn to read confidently and well.
https://www.ces-schools.net/10-benefits-reading-children-adults-read-often/Reading improves a child’s vocabulary and leads to more highly-developed language skills: Children learn new words as they read and unconsciously absorb information as they read about things like how to structure sentences and how to use words and language effectively.
Reading develops a child’s imagination: when we read our brains translate the descriptions we read of people, places and things into pictures. When we’re engaged in a story, we’re also imagining how the characters are feeling. We use our own experiences to imagine how we would feel in the same situation.
Reading relaxes the body and calms the mind: This is an important point because these days we seem to have forgotten how to relax and especially how to be silent. The constant movement, flashing lights and noise which bombard our senses when we’re watching TV, looking at a computer or playing an electronic game are actually quite stressful for our brains.
Finally, children who read do better at school: And they don’t just do better at subjects like reading. They do better at all subjects and they do better all the way through school!
Adapted from: https://www.ces-schools.net/10-benefits-reading-children-adults-read-often/
April 6, 201
How do I help my student "get ready," for Kindergarten?
We hear this quesiton a lot and want to reassure you that we welcome and work with kids of all abilites and all "readiness" for school. That is the magic of Kindergarten! That being said, we cannot underestimate the power of reading to your child every, single day.
At the most basic level, reading aloud to kids ....
- teaches them new words
- improves their concentration Greater concentration.
- helps a child learn to sit still and listen for periods of time.
The bonus? It's quality time with your child!
April 25, 2021
Are there apps or programs I should purchase for have my incoming student.
Short answer. No. :)
Take any pressure to get your kiddo "ready" for Kindergarten off and enjoy each other.
Consider all the learning that can occur as you:
- walk around the block ....look for shapes and colors
- grocery shop...find letters in your child's name, count items as they go into the cart
- drive in the car ....say nursery rhymes, rhyme words, have your child tell you as many ________ as they can (animals, foods etc!)
Bonus: Kids DO say the funniest thing!
No apps, no programs, just good times together.