Apr 07, 2017
The Five Finger Rule: How to Find ‘Just Right’ Books for Your Child
It’s important to encourage your child to read from an early age. One of the best ways to nurture this early interest in reading is by making sure the books they read on their own are suitable for their ability.
Books that are too easy can make reading time boring, while those that are too difficult can cause...
Feb 08, 2017
Valentine's Day Ideas for Kids
Valentine's Day is about showing our appreciation for the people who matter to us, and letting them know how important they are to our lives.
It's important to teach kids about showing appreciation and valuing others – and what better time to reinforce this message than on Valentine's Day.
Here are some fun Valentine's Day ideas for kids that teach them the meaning of Valentine's Day:
1. Gift differently
Set aside some time to create homemade gifts with your child for friends and relatives....
Jan 25, 2017
10 Back to School Reading Tips for Parents
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Before the back-to-school period, it’s pretty common for young kids to fall into the notorious holiday reading slide.
The term “slide” refers to children dropping in their reading ability following a lack of reading over the school holidays. Teachers report that many students return to school with a lower reading level and interest in books than when they left....
Jan 20, 2017
How to Improve Your Child’s Working Memory with Reading
Every time you sit down to read a book, your brain recalls and uses a great deal of information to understand the text.
This is because reading requires us to draw on relevant information stored in our memory in order to gain meaning.
A good working memory is essential for reading and learning, as well as other important processes, such as concentrating and following instructions.
What is working memory?
Working memory refers to how we manipulate information stored in our short-term memory. Children...