Saturday, February 10, 2018



Two of five new bunnies (or 2/5)!

The Lingering Thought

Each day, I hope children apply manners learned and practiced at home. Just as I hope kids at home apply academic skills taught in school.  Emotional or academic development would be incomplete otherwise. Hello serendipity! A home reading routine joyfully matures both.  

Reading invites us into a community of knowledge and empathy. Think about it, the entire human experience has been documented for centuries. Reading is absolutely a human right. Gaining entry to our community, our humanity, our world of knowledge, however, takes effort. How much effort depends on the reader. 

So, if your child does not naturally gravitate to a comfy sofa, chair, pillow, or patch of grass with a welcomed book, you will have to help establish that reading routine. Keep in mind, please, the child who resists reading at home probably feels like reading is a chore, anywhere. We cannot make a child read, but we could convince one. So, how can we help your child fall in love with a relaxing reading routine at home?

At this point, I could add a million internet links, but I’ll write out a few thoughts instead (with just a couple links). 

·      Be a model reader. Routinely take time to sit and read for yourself (e.g. even, sorry, print out work so your child can see you read paper, recyclable paper). Let your child appreciate the knowledge you gain and, preferably, when it's not work, sense the pleasure you experience. Love reading or, with luck,  convincingly pretend to.

·      Fill your home with reading material. This could mean books, but magazines can be terrific too. Take a look here. And note that there are online magazine subscriptions. Who doesn’t like getting mail, eh?

·      If you cannot fill your home with books, allow your child to use RAZ-Kids instead. There are over 1200 fun titles of all genres available to you as an AISB family. Why not use it? 

·      Value what your child reads. Ask about connections from a story to your child’s or your family's life. Find out what the main idea of the story was and any important details. If the response lacks substance, sit and review the story with your child to discover key points together. Share and value the reading experience. 

·      Listen to your child read occasionally. A fluent reader will read with no or little hesitation. If your child struggles to read aloud, the text may not necessarily be instructional or yield meaningful thoughts. Therefore, encourage reading where the main idea and details are retrievable with a reasonable effort. In doing so, you will be promoting deeper thinking skills through comprehensible practice and decoding skills will improve in that process.

·      Finally, have a look at this slideshow of everyday reading routines suggested by I love the closet converted to a reading nook idea, as well as reading the words around you (e.g. menus, signs, labels). So, help make reading fun! Hey! Arrange reading playdates! There's an idea!

Smiling Faces!

Okay, after all that writing, I'll let the photos and your child explain the week.

Colossal cake for the Ram!

Fun with brains!

 Sharp Graphers

After school activities

Enjoy your weekend!



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