It sounds so simple. Kids who read regularly become better readers and enjoy reading more. Additionally, the learning potential of those ravenous readers skyrockets. Reading helps them develop self-confidence, maturity, creativity, and imagination.
So plop a copy of Goodnight Moon into your child’s lap and get ready to see your little one blossom into a genius. Simple, right?
In reality, getting children to read is a bit trickier. But regular reading is not just beneficial … it’s rewarding. Use the following tips to help set a new reading habit that’ll help your little ones become hungry bookworms.
1. Set aside time to read—every day.
Creating a routine helps reading become habitual and it shows your child that reading is an important family activity. Find a comfy, cozy spot, turn off the phone, and get comfortable. Make reading a special, intimate time between you and your child. As little as 10 minutes can help improve your child’s reading skills.
2. Choose reading materials that will captivate you and your child.
Remember, this is time you and your child are spending together, so pick out books and magazines that inspire the both of you. Reading opens the door to new worlds, so select an array of reading materials from nature magazines and fairy tales to poetry and how-to books. At Educational Insights, we have created interactive reading books that will both encourage and entertain.
3. Make reading come alive.
If your child enjoyed a book about dinosaurs, consider taking him or her to see dinosaur fossils at the natural history museum. Or, if a character liked to bake, try making a cake together in your own kitchen.
4. Act it out.
When reading to your child, speak softly or loudly, quickly or slowly depending on who’s speaking and what action is taking place. Give characters different voices, and be expressive. Giggles are a great part of reading together!
5. Go beyond the book.
Reading can happen even outside the pages of a book. Take advantage of reading opportunities in your daily life by encouraging your child to read menus, road signs, food labels, and billboards.
Will you be on “Supermoon” watch this Sunday? You’re sure in for a treat. Experts say stargazers can expect to see the Supermoon followed by meteor showers beginning 2:09 p.m. (EST) through early Monday morning. Meteor showers will peak on August 13th.
Below are some activities from the Sky Gazer’s Activity Journal of the Nancy B’s Science Club Moonscope™ set for the kids to print out and try:
Find locations on the moon using the “Moon Map” (page 9). Using the Nancy B Moonscope™ or binoculars, have them identify different parts of the moon. Also, try “Moon Faces” (page 10). Can you find a face on the moon? Have them doodle it on the sheet provided. Download the activities here: SupermoonActivity
There are four to six super moons every year, and during those times, the moon is 30,000 miles closer to the Earth than the normal distance.
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Get a serving of action-packed nutritious fun with our NEW cereal inspired game, Crazy Cereal Game™! It’s a fast-paced color-matching game where two players compete for the most play cereal pieces. Since we’re all in the crunchy-sweet spirit, we’re giving away three (3) games. Ages 4+.
It’s a showdown in a bowl! Grab a spoon and watch as it magically changes color. Then, dig into the cereal-serving bowl and scoop up pieces of that color. Cross your fingers for a color flash free-for-all and collect two pieces at a time. During this all-play game, quickly collect the most cereal pieces to win!
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This past month, Brent’s goal was to raise money for The Boys and Girls Club of Long Beach for the Change It Up! program, where each month an employee chooses a worthy organization for which to fundraise and collect spare change.
For 73 years, The Boys & Girls Club of Long Beach’s mission is to provide at-risk children, ages 6-18, with accessible after-school educational assistance and mentorship, ensuring that every child sees their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. The club provides:
- Trained professionals that connect the youth with positive adult mentors and role models.
- Nationally recognized programs to help young people succeed in school, stay healthy, learn important life skills, pursue interests in the arts and sports, and explore vocational choices.
- A wide range of activities and opportunities to give back to the community, set goals, and meet new friends.
Today, more than 4,500 young people participate in the Boys & Girls Club of Long Beach programs every year.
Find out how you can help Brent donate to The Boys and Girls Club of Long Beach, here.