My daughter reads very well. Today, she was reading the rules on the game “Plants vs. Zombies” that my wife plays. She is able to read the kids menu when we go to restaurants and order her own meal. When she is supposed to be sleeping, we find her reading to her stuffed toys instead. Seeing her read so well is just incredible, and the best thing is that my daughter finds reading fun. She reads several books a day, even though she is exposed to TV, smart phones, tablets and the like. Trips to the library to check out new books is always an exciting adventure and one of her favorite things to do.
But Rob, who cares that your daughter can read? What’s in it for me?
One major benefit to having a child with a strong grasp on reading early is that it greatly benefits them in school. The American Psychological Association found that children who enter kindergarten with elementary reading skills perform better in school throughout the years. According to the Anne E. Casey Foundation, not having proficient reading skills by third grade can lead to trouble throughout all of school, including high school graduation. So what do we parents do to get our kids better at reading? One of the key differences between a strong reader and weak reader is the amount of time that they read, according to the National Reading Panel.
Where did my daughter’s ability to read come from? I’m not a literary expert, but what I can show you is a couple of methods that we personally used so that the ability to grasp reading and enjoy it was instilled since birth. Now by four, she knows that reading is awesome.
Before you leave, let me explain. There are lots of items in my house and yours that are probably considered garbage. Leftover trinkets from old hobbies; papers that are delivered to your house unsolicited; boxes that are unfit for storing or shipping. They’re ready for the garbage and recycling truck to haul away forever.
Hold the phone. Before you do, let’s think of how we can turn this garbage into a variety of fun learning activities. After all, they’re items that you already have, so they’re free. It’s nice to re-purpose things at least one more time before sending them to the dump.
Easter is over. You have a basket of empty plastic eggs and a mountain of Easter grass that you’re starting to pack up for its annual snooze in the garage or basement. You also have about 4,000 peeps laying around, and you know that it’d be wrong to let your kid eat them all. If you’re like me, you don’t like the thought of throwing away food, even the sugary food that’s like an edible can of soda, without it getting some kind of use. So, is there anything we can do with this sugary Easter candy that makes it into your house every Spring?
Turn it into a fun art project!!!! Not only is it a fun way to create art with your kid, you won’t be tempted to eat a marshmallow that’s covered in glue and paint…too much.
We’re in the year 2015. Along with our twin neckties, dehydrated pizzas and power laces, we have futurized how we store our contact information via our mobile devices. Card catalogs are getting rarer and rarer. In fact after I wrote the first draft for this article, a book I’m reading had the line “who uses Rolodexes anymore?”
I use one, but not for keeping phone numbers. It’s time to dust it off to create a literacy project that not only provides great practice for a lot of skills, but it’s hands on nature has your kid very involved, which they love.
Early vocabulary, writing, letter spacing, cutting, phonics.