Children, especially young children who are just learning to read, can often say the words on the page but when asked questions about the story, or the information book, demonstrate that they have no understanding of what they have just read. Often they can be so busy using all their mental energy trying to decode each word that they simply lose the meaning.
Readability means how easy or difficult a book is to read and access the meaning. There are numerous examples of readability formulas and scoring methods that have been developed by literacy researchers around the world and you can read about these on a number of websites but a general rule of thumb you can use at home is as follows:
Establishing a bed time routine for your children can be both rewarding and challenging. If you find routine difficult then you are not alone. It can be hard work to cater for more than one child at bedtime as often they have different needs and personalities. It has been suggested that one of the best children’s bed time strategies is for you follow a routine with children. You will find that it may be slow going at the beginning but persistence will pay off.
In today’s world, many families find it challenging to make the time to allow reading to take a place of priority in the ever-increasing list of activities in which parents and children can be involved but it is vital that families consider reading important enough to give it the time it deserves and to promote it in the home.
Becoming a competent reader for learners who have challenges with language and processing, can be achieved with slow but steady progress if there is an understanding of the sequence of steps that challenged learners need to follow to gain access to becoming literate in reading.
The following list of literacy websites recommended for use in the home or school contains but a few of the hundreds of sites that are available to support literacy development by undertaking a search on the internet.
Balance is the ability to maintain and co-ordinate a controlled body position no matter what activity we are doing. We need to be able to maintain our balance and co-ordination whether we are still or moving. How to help learners develop balance and coordination.
As opposed to most annual celebrations, Easter takes place on a different date in either March or April every year and commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. However, what has any of this got to do with the Easter Bunny or chocolate eggs? Well, decorating eggs was an ancient tradition of great significance, and for many centuries, Christians believed that these eggs were an important symbol for new life and resurrection
As parents and teachers we need to encourage skills in children so they can recognize what their talents and gifts might be. We are all good at something it is just a matter of being exposed to as many experiences as possible so we can recognize our talents. Whether your child is gifted or talented, or both, here are a few suggestions to encourage their development.
As parents who are concerned that your children should succeed in learning to become literate you are probably already doing many things in your home and social environment to assist your children’s literacy learning. The things that you can do at home will engage and encourage your children while complementing and supplementing the learning they are doing at school.