Parents and Children Working Together

Written by Debbie Long

Parents and Children Working Together

When parents help their children learn to read, they help openrepparttar door to a new world. As a parent, you can begin an endless learning chain: You read to your children, they develop a love of stories and poems, they want to read on their own, they practice reading, and finally they read for their own information or pleasure. They become readers, and their world is forever expanded and enriched. This newsletter focuses primarily on what you can do to help children up to 10 years of age. During these years you can layrepparttar 145772 foundation for you child to become a lifelong reader. There is no need to worry aboutrepparttar 145773 amount of time you need to devote, it isrepparttar 145774 quality of time that counts. Just be consistent—give as much time as you can each day to help your child. The activities suggested are designed to fit into busy schedules. Helping your child become a reader is an adventure you will not want to miss. The benefits to your child are immeasurable, and inrepparttar 145775 process you will find your world becoming richer as well.

Why? Do you ever get tired of hearing that same old question? But Why? Just remember,repparttar 145776 best way for children to learn is to ask questions. Every child has a natural curiosity and their very own imagination. As a parent, or caregiver, you can awaken your children torepparttar 145777 joy of learning by encouraging their imagination and curiosity. For instance: Picking up toys does not have to be a chore that you dread, instead make it into a game of sorting; - sorting is a major function in math and science; let your child help you cook a meal—cooking involves not only math and science but good heath as well, tell stories together—storytelling isrepparttar 145778 basis for reading and writing. By doing things together, you will show that learning is fun and important. You will be encouraging your child to study, learn, and stay in school.

Where to Begin There is no more important activity for preparing your child to succeed as a reader than reading aloud together. Fill your story times with a variety of books. Be consistent, be patient, and watchrepparttar 145779 magic work. At just a few months of age, an infant can look at pictures, listen to your voice, and point to objects on cardboard pages. Guide your child be pointing torepparttar 145780 pictures, and sayingrepparttar 145781 names ofrepparttar 145782 objects. By drawing attention to pictures and associatingrepparttar 145783 words with both pictures andrepparttar 145784 real-world objects, your child will learnrepparttar 145785 importance of language. Child learn to loverepparttar 145786 sound of language before they even noticerepparttar 145787 existence of printed words on a page. Reading books aloud to children stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding ofrepparttar 145788 world. It helps them develop language and listening skills and prepares them to understandrepparttar 145789 written word. Whenrepparttar 145790 rhythm and melody of language become a part of a child’s life, learning to read will be as natural as learning to walk and talk. Even after children learn to read by themselves, it is still important for you to read aloud together. By reading stories that are on their interest, level, but beyond their reading level, you can stretch young readers’ understanding and motivate them to improve their skills.

The Joy of Reading Children learn from example. The best example you can give is to show your child your love of reading. You can do this by not only reading to your child, but by letting your child see you read. We can help our children findrepparttar 145791 tools they need to succeed in life. Having access to information throughrepparttar 145792 printed word is an absolute necessity. Knowledge is power, and books are full of it. But reading is more than just a practical tool. Through books we can enrich our minds, we can also relax and enjoy some precious leisure moments. With your help, your children can begin a lifelong relationship withrepparttar 145793 printed word, so they grow into adults who read easily and frequently whether for business, knowledge, or pleasure.

Inrepparttar 145794 words of Aristotle, ‘happiness is self contentedness helping to make children deeply and quietly glad that they are who they are, and give them a priceless legacy;repparttar 145795 strength to meet life’s stresses andrepparttar 145796 courage to become committed, responsible, productive, creative, and fully human adults...Helping a child isrepparttar 145797 greatest gift you can five inrepparttar 145798 language ofrepparttar 145799 human heart. It spells love inrepparttar 145800 most profound way.”


Written by Neil Goldberg

If you have a teenage son or daughter you can be sure they are getting offers for credit cards. And while we all know how important having a credit card is in case of an emergency, it is just as important to make sure your child understandsrepparttar responsibilities having a credit card brings. So take a few moments to talk to your children before they sign onrepparttar 145740 dotted line. Make sure they are aware of:

• The annual percentage rate. • What isrepparttar 145741 grace period? • If you are late how much isrepparttar 145742 late fee? • What happens if you go overrepparttar 145743 limit? • How isrepparttar 145744 minimum payment figured?

Then you need to setrepparttar 145745 ground rules. How is this card going to be used – for emergencies only, gas or for all general purchases? What is their spending limit? Who is going to payrepparttar 145746 bill –will you each contribute and if so what percentage? Where willrepparttar 145747 child’s money come from –summer job or after school job? And ifrepparttar 145748 latter, how will this affect studying, homework or participating in after school activities?

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