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Cathy's Chatter Box
An ongoing series of informational entries of advice, tips and information
November 1, 2017
I hope everyone endorses First Library's new mission.
Changing the way first time mothers think about reading, and library patronage, will have a lasting effect upon their child's life now and in the future.
(NO) BOOKS IN THE HOME
November 3, 2017
61% of low-income families have no age-appropriate (children's) books in their homes.
With First Library's assistance new first time parents will be able to make reading and book ownership a priority in their child's life. Children will receive up to 60 books while in the First Library program.
(1) BOOKS IN THE HOME
November 11, 2017
There is only one book for every 300 children in low-income neighborhoods. First born children, regardless of their neighborhood, will receive 12 times the books a year while in the First Library program.
(13) BOOKS IN THE HOME
November 13, 2017
Children from middle-income homes have on average 13 books per child. With First Library's assistance every new first time parent will have almost 13 books a year for their first born child a year, regardless of their income.
BOOKS IN OUR DAILY LIFE
November 20, 2017
Parents often ask me how they can make reading a part of their child's daily life. I often say, "Make it a regular part of their lives... like television, and children will too." Many parents allow / schedule TV time. Why not schedule book time? Make it after dinner or after snack time. Children love discipline and routine. By scheduling and making reading a daily part of their lives children will look forward to the quiet and happy time books bring to their lives.
5 GREAT REASONS TO READ ALOUD TO BABIES BEFORE BIRTH
December 1, 2017
1. Reading to baby during pregnancy helps other family members take an active role in preparing for baby.
2. Babies enjoy the rhythm of language and their parents’ voices.
3. The sound of your voice is calming and soothing to your baby.
4. Reading to your baby now will make it easy to make reading a part of everyday family life after your baby is born.
5. Reading time can be relaxing time as you anticipate your baby’s arrival.
5 GREAT REASONS TO READ ALOUD TO BABIES
December 14, 2017
1. When you hold your baby and read to him, you show your baby you love him.
2. Reading time can be relaxing time. The sound of your voice is calming and
soothing to your baby.
3. Reading to your baby helps her brain grow!
4. Listening to you read, talk and sing gives your baby the words he will say some day.
5. Your baby learns the names of things when you talk about the pictures in books.
5 MORE GREAT REASONS TO READ ALOUD TO BABIES
December 19, 2017
she learns there is a story inside.
2. The rhythm and rhyme in children’s books are like a song to your baby that is more entertaining than everyday talking.
3. Reading to your baby strengthens his emotional bonds with family members.
4. Reading to your baby now will start the tradition of reading together every day
as your child grows older.
5. When you read to your baby she is on her way to loving books!
BEST QUESTION TO ASK A FELLOW READER THIS GIFT GIVING SEASON
December 22, 2017
What book have you gifted the most?
No need to ask why. They will tell you.
ARE YOU AN AVID READER?
January 1, 2018
An avid reader is a reader who is eager to get hold of latest releases or bestsellers in his favorite genres. The literary's quality of a book is the most important criteria for choosing to satisfy the reader's appetite for reading.
Start the New Year with a new resolution: READ A BOOK A WEEK!
IS YOUR CHILD READING FOR PLEASURE?
January 13, 2018
Children and teenagers who read for pleasure on a daily or weekly basis score better on reading tests than infrequent readers. Frequent readers also score better on writing tests than non-readers or infrequent readers.
Reach Out and Read, Reading Aloud to Children: The Evidence, Archives for Disease Control, 2008.
WHY IS READING FOR PLEASURE IMPORTANT?
January 25, 2018
There is strong evidence that reading for pleasure can increase empathy, improve relationships with others, reduce the symptoms of depression and improve well being throughout life, new research carried out for The Reading Agency has found.
The report, conducted by BOP Consulting and funded by the Peter Sowerby Foundation, brings together a strong and growing body of research that shows how and why reading for pleasure can bring a range of other benefits to individuals and society. There is already strong evidence to show that reading for pleasure plays a vital role in improving educational outcomes.
FIVE WAYS TO MAKE RUNNING MORE FUN
February 11, 2018
1. Resurrect the read-aloud.
Reading out loud is not simply a stepping-stone to learning to read silently; it's also a way to build vocabulary, attention skills, and comprehension, as well as--perhaps most important--a love of reading. If you're already doing the one-on-one bedtime story, think about ways to switch up the sessions: Read over breakfast. Encourage siblings to read out loud to each other or to the family pet. Alternate pages or chapters with your child. Or gather the whole family together for a group read-aloud.
2. Take it on the road.
Books are the ultimate portable entertainment--they're durable and impervious to a few drips of water (at least the non-electronic variety), and easy to read in the sunlight. Keep a chapter book in your bag to pull out while you're waiting at a restaurant, sitting poolside or on the beach, hanging out in a tree house, or while camping in a tent with a flashlight.
3. Bring stories to life.
Read horse books before your child goes to horseback-riding camp, Little House on the Prairie before you tour a pioneer village, a bio of a favorite baseball or football player before you visit a sports hall of fame.
4. Be a reading buddy.
If you see your child reading when you aren't, grab your own book and cozy up (well, as close as he'll let you) to read beside him. Prefer a scheduled approach? Try DEAR--Drop Everything and Read--sessions, in which the whole family reads at the same time.
5. Make books a basic.
Look at reading material like food and clothes: You wouldn't leave the refrigerator or the closet empty, so don't let the bookshelf go bare, either. Find a librarian or a teacher who keeps current with what's new and popular for kids, or play the cool card: Get a respected teen to tell your tween what books he enjoyed.
WHAT SORT OF BOOKS TO READ WITH YOUR CHILD
February 27, 2018
There are so many books to choose from that it can be hard to know where to start.
As a broad rule, young children often enjoy books, songs and stories that have good rhyme, rhythm and repetition. In fact, one of the ways that children learn is through repetition and rhyme.
Choose books that are the right length for your child and that match your child’s changing interests.
You can also vary the books and printed materials you read. Picture books, ebooks, magazines, instruction manuals, TV guides and letters can all be interesting and engaging for your child. If you’re interested in ebooks, look for ones without distracting games or animations. And it’s important to enjoy ebooks with your child, rather than leaving him alone with a device.
If you want to try new books or magazines without much cost, you could arrange book swaps with friends, or with other parents at your parent group or early childhood center.
THE MAGIC OF 15 MINUTES: TREADING PRACTICE AND READING GROWTH
March 09, 2018
15 minutes seems to be the “magic number” at which students start seeing substantial positive gains in reading achievement; students who read just over a half-hour to an hour per day see the greatest gains of all.
Although many other factors—such as quality of instruction, equitable access to reading materials, and family background—also play a role in achievement, the consistent connection between time spent reading per day and reading growth cannot be ignored.
Moreover, if reading practice is linked to reading growth and achievement, then it follows that low levels of reading practice should correlate to low levels of reading performance and high levels of reading practice should connect to high levels of reading performance.
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