One major tip I would give parents would be to encourage your children to read, read, read! It is not as simple as merely “telling” them to pick up a book and read- but aid them in developing their love for reading! Children need to understand that reading is not only for informational purposes, but can also be out of pure enjoyment!
There are many ways this can be accomplished:
There has been great emphasis placed on the importance of daily reading with your kids. The importance of writing, however, often takes a backseat. In addition to many other benefits, practice in writing helps children build their reading skills. Make sure your kids keep writing – especially during the summer break. Here are some writing prompts to avoid the writing “summer slide”.
- If you could design your own car, what kind of car would you design?
- What is your favorite movie? Why?
- If you could create your own cartoon character, what kind of character would you create?
- Would you like to visit outer space? Why or why not?
- What do you like best about your room?
- If you could have one of these powers: ability to fly, phenomenal strength or invisibility, which you choose? Why? [Read more...]
School districts across the nation are focusing less (or not at all) on handwriting instruction. Without proper instruction, children are left to develop bad handwriting habits, including holding the pencil incorrectly and improper letter formation. Even though children may not receive formal handwriting instruction, they will still be expected to produce neatly written work. Struggling writers may begin to dislike writing entirely if they feel their classmates’ writing is much better than theirs or if they are constantly corrected about their bad writing habits.