Loving Literacy: 6 Tips for Supplementing Your Child’s Literacy Education (ages 6-9)

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Your child can learn to love literacy with a little help from you!  No matter what stage your child is at in their education, using techniques to supplement their schooling while at home is a key component in their educational success.  By building on their language and literacy education, you are equipping your children with the skills they will need not only for their education, but also in social situations, higher educational opportunities, future workplace and community involvement.  Literacy education is essential for personal growth and success, and the building blocks you lay while they’re in elementary school are crucial.  Ages 6-9 are critical when setting solid habits and foundations.  Here are 6 tips for supplementing your child’s literacy education at home.

 

1. Be aware of critical milestones.

Not only can a missed milestone or two be a sign of issues you don’t want to ignore, but they’re also a great guide for you as a parent.  It’s impossible to understand how to approach education with your child when you have no idea of age and developmental norms.  Read up, study, do some research.  You’ll feel more comfortable, and it’ll take any unnecessary pressure off of you and your child.  For instance, by 6-9 your child generally has increased attention and comprehension, is more comfortable with longer texts, becomes more fluent in common words and sounds, mimics reading habits, has greater phonemic awareness, an expanded vocabulary, and has developed visual literacy skills.  They can also usually begin to monitor themselves while reading.

2. Give them time. 

While reading with your child, make sure to allow them to set the pace.  Give them the time they need to work through words on their own.  If they are struggling, offer clues, but do not read for them.  Clues can be key phrases such as: “What’s the first sound?” “Go through each sound in order.” “What happens when you put [insert letters here] together?” “Look at the words around this one.”  Help them put the unfamiliar words in context by guiding them to skip the word and fill it in by looking at other words or pictures.  Don’t hurry them through a book or tell them to move faster.  Comprehension is just as important as making the sounds, and comprehension takes time.

3. Heap on the praise.

At every step along the way, make sure you are congratulating your child for their hard work.  Correctly identifying sounds that letters make together, figuring out an unfamiliar word, successfully reading a phrase, sentence or book are all reasons to praise your child.  You don’t need to go overboard, but a simple, “I knew you could do it!  Great job!”  Or “You worked so hard on that, that was awesome!” is enough to make your 6-9 year old continue on.  It’s a simple and easy thing to do that will build the kind of confidence in your child that they need.

4. Be consistent.

Make literacy practice a daily thing.  Read to your child, have your child read favorite books to you, point out signs while you drive and have your child read them, play rhyming games by picking a word and taking turns coming up with rhymes, sing songs with rhyming words, talk about alliteration/symbolism/metaphors/synonyms/antonyms/opposites/etc while you’re together on a bike ride, during dinner come up with word families together, on a walk have your child point out everything they see that starts with a certain letter, make games out of the parts of speech that you can play while waiting in lines, etc.  All of these things reinforce learning, make it a common and expected activity, turn it into games and fun and require nothing special from you at all except for your own brain.

5. Use variety.

Don’t stick to only one game or toy to reinforce concepts.  Children can grow bored easily.  If you switch up the games, flash cards, activities, songs and discussions and tweak them to pertain to your child’s specific interests, they’ll retain more information and continue to find the fun in literacy.

6. Model good habits.

Especially at this age, children are learning by mimicking.  That means that what you do is often much more important than what you say.  So make sure your child sees you reading.  Make sure they know you enjoy reading to them.  Keep a public, shared bookcase easily accessible to all members of the family.  Make it something they see, expect and understand so you can pass your good habits on by example.

 

Looking for more great ideas to encourage your child’s literacy skills? Try this list of 10 Language and Literacy Books 6-9 Year Olds Will Love!

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

10 Language and Literacy Books 6-9 Year Olds Will Love

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What better way to help your children learn about language and supplement their literacy education than by reading to them?  Kids love bold, colorful picture books which makes them the perfect educational tool.  They’re easily accessible, engaging, and can help create life-long readers.  There are many entertaining and clever books that introduce several beginning building blocks of language, including alphabet identification, parts of speech, rhyming and poetry, storytelling and imagination, idioms and more!  Here is our list of top 10 language and literacy books 6-9 year olds will love.

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1. Ox, House, Stick: The History of Our Alphabet by Don Robb

Do you know how our current alphabet was developed?  This picture book traces the origins of the Roman Alphabet from the proto-Sinaitic peoples, through the Phoenicians, Greeks and Romans.  It also includes information about punctuation, writing materials, technology of printing and more!  This non-fiction book is engaging, with its clear prose and bold illustrations using collage.

2. Aunt Isabel Tells a Good One by Kate Duke

In this endearing tale, a little mouse named Penelope and her Aunt Isabel make up an exciting bedtime story all about Prince Augustine and Lady Penelope.  An adorably attractive story for children, this book will emphasize the importance of imagination and introduce kids to storytelling.

3. My Dog Is As Smelly As Dirty Socks: And Other Funny Family Portraits by Hanoch Piven

This book is one creative alternative to your average family portrait!  Piven uses everyday objects which represent personality traits to create fun portraits of each member in one girl’s family.  The dog, for instance, is created from socks, a clothespin, garlic bulbs, a can of tuna… and each object tells a fun, metaphorical story.  For instance, dad is “as jumpy as a spring, as playful as a top, as fun as a party favor…”  combine each object and the metaphors and you get one ingenious portrait!  Introduce your kids to metaphors through art and text with this clever, quirky story.

4. Poem-Mobiles: Crazy Car Poems by  J. Patrick Lewis and Douglas Florian

This amazing picture book about cars is told in poem-form.  These cars aren’t your average automobiles though, they’re crazy, kooky, inventive little machines; like the “Sloppy-Floppy-Nonstop-Jalopy.”  The quirky poetry and fun-filled illustrations will delight young readers while introducing them to rhyming schemes and poetic elements.

5. The Dangerous Alphabet by Neil Gaiman

This entertaining alphabet book is like no other!  Each letter is part of a grand, adventurous tale all about two kids, their pet gazelle, and a treasure map who sneak out of their house past their father and embark on a fantastical journey.  There are monsters, pirates, and all manner of alphabetical dangers.  Will the children make it out alive?

6. A Zeal of Zebras: An Alphabet of Collective Nouns by Woop Studios

Is it a gaggle of geese or a galaxy?  A galaxy of starfish or a pod?  In this book, readers discover the world of collective nouns while learning the alphabet.  The colorful graphics and fun language is accessible to kids.  But parents will love the clever word play and design-styled, gorgeous pictures.  It can be a centerpiece of your coffee table AND your playroom!

7. A Mink, a Fink, a Skating Rink: What is a Noun?  (and the entire Words Are Categorical series) by Brian P. Cleary

This fun picture book explores elements of English grammar in a very accessible and engaging way.  The playful and clever rhymes throughout the series will help children understand and remember different parts of language.  In What is a Noun? kids are introduced to one of the main building blocks of literacy.  With quirky, colorful pictures and fun text, this book (and the rest of the series) is a fun way to learn.

8.  Many Luscious Lollipops by Ruth Heller

Kids will be drawn into this boldly illustrated book all about adjectives and how to use them.  The brilliant, colorful photos and illustrations grab attention and help give punch to the more technical elements of this book.  The descriptions are a perfect introduction for young kids that will help them understand and explore language.

9. More Parts by Tedd Arnold

This laugh out loud sequel to the book Parts combines catchy, rhyming text with silly, intriguing illustrations to explore the world of idioms.  Introduce an abstract literary element to your kids through this clever, funny book about how to survive broken hearts, jumping out of your skin, and giving someone a helping hand.  Make sure you and your kids don’t come unglued!

10. Firefly July and Other Very Short Poems by Paul B. Janeczko

This adorable picture book with whimsical illustrations introduces young readers to the world of poetry in a cute, embraceable way.  The very short poems prove that it only takes a few well-selected words to paint a very vivid picture.  While it helps kids understand rhyming, cadence, and other poetry ideas, and it also captures their interest through colorful pictures.

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

7 Tips for Supplementing Your Child’s Science Education (Ages 3-6)

 

7 Tips for Supplementing Your Child's Science Education (ages 3-6) | Tipsaholic.com #education #teach #kids #science

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Formal education, while an important part of your child’s learning and growth, isn’t capable of teaching everything kids need to know.  It’s rare that a school setting, whether public or private, can accommodate every learning style which is why it’s so important to supplement education during your child’s formative years.  Science can be a difficult subject matter for some kids, but you can help!  And more importantly, you can your kids can have fun while you learn!  If you’re ready to tackle science education at home with your kids, read on for  important tips for supplementing your child’s Science education for ages 3-6 at home.

 

1.  Use their natural curiosity.  

Even though you may cringe when you hear “why?” for the six hundredth time in one day, that natural curiosity is a great jumping off point when it comes to science education!  Kids, especially small ones who are just starting to discover their world, will have a thousand questions – and we may not always have the answers!  Make it a goal to always answer every question – even if it means waiting until you can look it up later.  Better yet, look for the answer together with your child.  This will teach needed skills as well as answer their curiosity.  Remember to keep explanations as simple and clear for your kid’s sake, but don’t dumb things down either.

 

2.   Don’t just talk.  Do.

In general, very young children will always learn more quickly and develop a more thorough grasp on subjects if they approach them hands-on.  This goes for Science, too.  You may want to off lengthy explanations when your kids ask questions, and that’s great, but it likely won’t pack much punch unless you also offer a visual or tactile example for your kids as well.  Plan on using all of your senses to experience science.

 

3.   Play to your child’s strengths.

Every child has a preferred learning style.  They excel in some areas and are weak in others.  Know how you child best learns new concepts and really focus on that.  Make sure to give them plenty of options for learning, though, since they are still developing and at this young age their brains are continually changing.  If you’d like more information about learning styles and determining your child’s strengths, take a look at this article from Scholastic.

 

4.  Try it all.  

Don’t underestimate your child’s ability to understand a subject or concept.  Don’t brush off hard or abstract ideas because of their age or other factors.  It’s true that Science deals with many abstractions that can be difficult for young children, but be sure to expose them to all different ideas and concepts so they’ll gain experience.  Be sure to encourage growth in many areas, not just the ones you assume your child is interested in.  They may surprise you!

 

5.  Keep it simple.

Don’t overcomplicate science for your young children or they’re bound to be frustrated.  You can introduce or further explore a topic without convoluting the subject and it doesn’t take a detailed plan and formal lesson to do it.  With your 3-6 year old, a science discussion, experiment or hands-on activity should take 15 minutes or less.  If you need ideas, try this book: Bite-Sized Science.  Or take a look at this list of Science activities from PBS Kids online.

 

6.  Daily doses.

Make science an everyday thing.  More structured science time is great, but you can foster a love of science by helping your kids recognize its significance in daily life.  When you go for a walk, point out the differences among the animals you see.  Try to classify animals by different traits.  If your child is afraid of thunder, discuss the root cause and have them make a list of why rain is important.  While you play at the park, help your child recognize seeds and describe the life cycle of a tree.  Help them to see science all around them, from cars and machinery to animals and plants, to common molecules found everywhere.

 

7.  Have fun!

Above all, kids will be much more likely to love learning if you keep things light and fun.  Rote memorization or holding up flashcards aren’t going to cut it at this age.  Don’t overthink it.

 

Don’t let Science scare you or your child!  You can learn and grow along with your kids in a fun and entertaining way with just a little bit of effort.

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

10 Math Books 6-9 Year Olds Will Love!

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Math can seem a very daunting endeavor when you’re beginning to learn complex concepts.  Reading picture books is a great way to make math more accessible to our children.  If you want to show your 6-9 year old just how fun math can be, take a look at these great math books!

1. The Penny Pot by Stuart J Murphy

This book was written by a mathematician who travels the US talking to kids about everyday math.  He shows kids how they use math all the time, whether sorting socks or spending their allowance.  The Penny Box is a humorous story that illustrates the fun in math – and hopefully helps kids recognize math as accessible and fun.

2. How Many Jelly Beans? by Andrea Menotti

How many jelly beans are enough? Aiden and Emma can’t decide. Is 10 enough? Or 1,000? That’s a lot of jelly beans. But eaten over a whole year, it’s only two or three a day. This giant picture book offers kids a fun and easy way to understand large numbers. Starting with 10, each page shows more and more colorful candies, leading up to a giant fold-out surprise—ONE MILLION JELLY BEANS!  Kids will love the fun, bright pictures, and learn that big scary numbers can be easily accessible.

3. Inch by Inch by Leo Lionni

In this charming book kids will meet a lovable inchworm who is very proud of his ability to measure absolutely anything.  A great introduction to measurements and mathematical terms, kids will love the characters and the winsome, watercolor-esque illustrations.

4. Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by James Dean and Eric Litwin

Pete loves his groovy buttons!  But when one falls off, does he cry?  No!  He just keeps singing his song.  When you count down with Pete the Cat in this fun book that teaches math concepts and subtraction, you’ll feel pretty groovy too!

5. 123 Versus ABC by Mike Boldt

This book explores the age old question, which is more important?  Letters or numbers?  While numbers and letters compete to be the stars of the book, funny props and animals pop in for cameos.  The whimsical illustrations and fresh and funny text introduce readers to letters and numbers in a refreshing way and by the end of the book, the answer to the BIG question is perfectly clear.

6. The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins

When Ma makes a dozen delicious cookies, she knows it will be plenty for her two children.  But then, the doorbell rang!  And it keeps on ringing!  In this cute and unpredictable tale, kids will love to count along.

7. How Much Is A Million? by David M. Schwartz

What an abstract concept a million is!  This book takes a look at the concept that has kids wondering and guessing.  Just how much IS a million?  Or a billion?  Or a trillion??  With fantastical images in classic style, this book is sure to engage young readers.

8. Bedtime Math by Laura Overdeck

Bedtime Math has a mission: to make math a fun part of kids’ everyday lives!  Math in this book looks nothing like school, with a kid-friendly and kid-APPEALING take on math problems.  Families are sure to love the riddles, with whimsical illustrations and mischief-making math problems.  There are three different levels in one book, so it’s sure to have something for everyone in the family!

9. The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos by Deborah Heiligman

This book of reader-friendly, lyrical text and rich illustrations explores the life of Paul Erdos, a mathematician who was also a great man.  While introducing readers to math concepts the book also follows Paul from his early start at age-related calculations as a young boy, through the many adventures he has while traveling the world to meet mathematicians and collaborate on publications.  Kids will see what made math for one little boy who loved math!

10. Tally O’Malley by Stuart J. Murphy

The O’Malley’s are off to the beach – a long, hot, LOOOOONG drive!  How will the kids pass the time?  By counting up everything they see by categories – be it green shirts or gray cars.  Whoever has the most marks at the end of the round wins the game.  Eric wins first.  Then Bridget.  It seems like Nell will never win… but she has a surprise in store for her brother and sister!  This book not only introduces math concepts, but shows that math can be a fun game!

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

 

Featured image courtesy of Mike Boldt.

De-Mystifying Math: 7 Tips for Supplementing Your Child’s Math Education (ages 3-6)

7 Tips for Supplementing your Child's Math Education (Age 3-6) | Tipsaholic.com #math #learning #education #kids #supplement

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Whether your child attends public school, a charter school, uses private school or tutoring or is homeschooled, you probably already know how important it is to reinforce classroom learning at home. Fortunately, there’s an overabundance of information online to help you teach your little ones at home, especially during the summer, BUT where do you start?

Math especially is often difficult for young children to grasp since it deals in abstracts.  Supplemental math education doesn’t have to be tricky.

Here are 7 super useful tips for applying Math concepts to your home life:

 

1.  Always consider the individual. 

We all know that everyone learns in different ways.  Keep your specific child in mind when considering your approach and remember to tailor their supplemental learning.

If you need some help identifying the best ways to teach your child, you can take a “multiple intelligences” quiz online and answer the questions as if you were your child.  The following quiz from edutopia breaks down learning styles into percentages and offers specific information each style.  Multiple Intelligences Learning Styles Quiz

 

2. Appeal to his/her interests.

If you want your child to enjoy learning with you, you’ll need to make it fun for them.  Pay attention to their hobbies and likes, be it cars, drawing, singing, dressing up, collecting leaves or what have you.  Use these to create learning experiences that coincide with things they already love.

 

3. Keep it simple.

The best way to teach a young child is with hands on activities that don’t take a ton of resources or explanation.  Most of the time, your most successful teaching experiences will incorporate things you already have around the house and will require little planning on your part.

 

4. Keep it short.

Generally speaking, a young child can only focus on one learning activity for about 10-15 minutes at a time.  Don’t plan long or involved math lessons that take longer than this to accomplish, or you are sure to lose your child’s interest.  You can do multiple different math activities within a specific span of time, but they will each need to be short and simple.

 

5. Be hands-on

Whatever learning style your child prefers, math concepts tend to “stick” better when children can “handle” the things they’re learning about.  Allowing them to use their hands or bodies gives each abstract math idea more meaning.

 

6. Give math concepts an everyday application.

When you’re at the grocery store, you can have your child count out individual items (“I need four apples…) or help you use the scale.  They can also get a basic understanding of money if you let them pay and handle change.  When you’re walking to your car you can count steps.  Take giant steps and mini steps and talk about the difference in number.  While you drive, you can play “I Spy” with shapes.  At home, you can play sorting games with almost anything – folding socks, putting groceries away, etc. If you make math a part of everyday life, it won’t seem like a chore.

 

7. Most importantly, keep it fun! 

You don’t need worksheets to teach math! Use games, songs and rhymes, props/toys/manipulatives, and books!

 

DON’T FORGET: little learners need a functional, organized space to keep them engaged and attentive.  Check out these super organized school-related spaces on Remodelaholic!  Tons of easy to implement solutions to keep kids excited about learning!

 

* For more tips and ideas, check out these links!

Blog Me Mom – “Math Play” and “ABC’s of Math” series

Mom’s Heart – Living Math for Preschoolers

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

8 Hands-On Math Activities for 3-6 Year Olds

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Supplementing your child’s math education is a big job, but reinforcing school-taught concepts is important.  Fortunately, math concepts can be fun and easy to review – all it takes is a little creativity and imagination.  You can make abstract math much more concrete and natural for your child with just a small effort. Here are 8 clever hands-on math activities your 3-6 year old will love!

 

GAMES

1. Delia Creates has a post dedicated to “Chalk Games”.   Here you’ll find “Math Race” with bikes (or just running!) that works on number or shape recognition and “Number Twister,” a mathematical take on the classic party game.  And be sure to check out the sundial using a paper towel holder where she keeps track of a daily routine.

2. Adventures in Learning shares a great matching game using beans as manipulatives that will help with counting and number recognition (or simple equations).  It’s called Apple Seed Math.

3. Teach Preschool shows how to use dominoes for teaching math – work on patterning with black and white dominoes, or use giant foam board dominoes and plastic lids to work on matching dots and to talk about number recognition.  (Colorful dominoes - like the ones shown here – are sure to attract kids’ attention!)

4. Also from Teach Preschool, check out her Salt Box Shapes.  They are a fun take on the salt box sensory learning activities usually used for letters or to write numbers.

5. Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational has a phenomenal idea called “Catapult Math” that you can apply to number or shape recognition.  She includes directions for making your own mini catapult!

6. Nurture Store uses “Lego Math” to measure and graph things, work on symmetry, add and subtract, sort colors and shapes, and create patterns.  (side note: you can find legos in bulk right here for a great price!)

 

SONGS

7. Songs, rhymes and finger plays are excellent ways to get your kids counting.  Find the lyrics and music to the following examples (and more!) at Topmarks.

  • Five Little Monkeys
  • Five Little Speckled Frogs
  • Five Bears in the Bed
  • Six Little Ducks
  • Once I Caught a Fish Alive

 

PROPS/TOYS

8. The best hands-on experiences can also be the simplest!  Give your children small items they can touch and manipulate in order to count, match, sort, pattern, etc.  This is the easiest way to introduce addition and subtraction, too.  You can see an example of this type of manipulative play at No Time For Flashcards – Candy Apple Math Game.

Here’s a list of favorite inexpensive or free manipulatives: buttons, dried beans, plastic lids, beads, craft pom poms, legos, edibles (chocolate chips, goldfish, raisins, m&m’s).

Just make sure they are easy for little hands to grasp.

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

How to Raise Kids Who Love Learning

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The human brain is blessed with a huge capacity for learning, especially during the childhood years. Unlock your children’s innate ability to teach themselves and ensure that they fall in love with the wonderful act of learning! Here’s a few tips you can use to encourage your kids to love learning.

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1. Provide little (or no) instructions.

This sounds weird, but it works. Sergio Juárez Correa’s students (in Matamoros, Mexico) flourished when the teacher decided to take a different approach to teaching. For example, instead of showing students how to reach the correct answer to a math problem, he asked them how they would figure it out. And figure it out they did. These students went on to score the highest on the achievement test in the country.

Ideas of what you can do:

  • Give them a toy that has several functions (bleeps, flashes, rolls, etc) and just let them figure out how to play with it without showing them anything.
  • Hand them a tablet or a computer with a newly purchased app or game and let them explore.
  • Take your kids to a museum and let them guide you to whatever exhibits they want to see.
  • Give them a board game and let them teach themselves how to play.
  • Toys like the Bilibo don’t even come with instructions, so every kid plays with them in different ways. Hand them this cool toy and watch them create new ways to play!

2. Allow for lots of time for play.

Recess is generally thought of as a break from learning, but recent studies have shown that playing is actually vital for optimal brain development. Playing helps develop problem solving skills, creativity, stimulates curiosity, and more. This in turn helps children do better at school, learn better, and love learning.

Things you can do to encourage your kids to play more:

  • Host more play-dates at your home or at a playground.
  • Bring in more games of all kinds for your kids.
  • Engage in play with your kids whenever you can.
  • Rotate your kids’ toys so there’s always something “new” to play with.
  • Have your kids join an after-school program.

3. Let them teach themselves how to read.

This article claims that young children can teach themselves how to read, if they are allowed to do so. Different kids do it in different ways, but generally, parents of these children provide an environment in their homes that is conductive to reading. When young kids are able to read, they are able to teach themselves new things. They’ll love learning thanks to their love for reading.

Here’s what you can do to create a reading-friendly home:

  • Make lots of books available to your kids.
  • Take them to the library often.
  • Let kids see you reading books and enjoying it.
  • Don’t force kids into reading.
  • Read to them on a regular basis when they’re young.
  • Have them see you use a variety of reading materials to accomplish things, such as following instructions to complete a DIY project or trying out a new recipe.

Once a child loves to learn, they can teach themselves anything and there won’t be a limit to what they can do.

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

Loving Literacy: 5 Tips for Supplementing Your Child’s Literacy Education (ages 3-6)

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Literacy education is vital to a person’s ultimate success academically, socially and in the workforce.  Begin literacy education at a young age with your child, and they will grow to love reading, writing and even grammar!  It’s never too early to introduce important literacy building blocks, such as alphabet recognition, communication, syntax and proper grammatical structure.  Enhancing kids’ schooling at home when they are in preschool or lower elementary grades will help to build their confidence and increase their understanding, knowledge and grades.  It doesn’t have to be a chore, and when done properly will be an enjoyable and fun experience for you and your child.  Whether they attend private school, a charter school, public school or are home schooled, here are 5 tips for supplementing your child’s literacy education for ages 3-6 that can help you out.

 

1. Know the benchmarks and developmental norms.

Use these as guidelines as you watch, teach and learn with your child.  Every child learns differently, but these developmental benchmarks are there to help raise red flags – so pay attention to them!  Additionally, these milestone markers help you to understand what you can reasonably expect from your child.  (The following articles from WebMD outline these language and cognitive milestones by age group: 3-4 Year Old Milestones, 4-5 Year Old Milestones)

 

2. Know your child.

Each child learns a little differently, and one teaching technique does NOT fit all.  Figure out what kind of learning-style your child has, and gear all your supplemental teaching towards that.  Know what techniques, methods, approaches will help your child feel confident and at ease and which ones to avoid because they cause frustration and stress.  (Here’s a wikihow article than can help to determine your young child’s learning style.)

 

3. Don’t underestimate the mundane.

Literacy development in preschool age kids involves language acquisition and communication skills, as well as letter recognition and letter sounds.  So supplementing their education can be as easy as talking to them.  They need to hear proper communication in order to learn it!  Sing, talk, read – basically just interact with your young child and you’ll be well on your way!

 

4. Keep it simple.

Don’t use overcomplicated methods to aid in your child’s education.  At this stage, short, simple, easy lessons and activities are best since your child has a short attention span and can be easily distracted, bored or frustrated.  As you introduce new lessons, pay attention to your child’s cues and know when to stop or move on.  Frustration at this early age can make you AND your child want to give up!

 

5. Encourage discussion.

Even before your child begins to grasp proper grammar, when their utterances are not fully developed or standardized, encourage conversations with your child.  When someone asks them questions, allow them to answer, don’t answer for them.  Clarify only when necessary.  Correct them by expanding on their sentences and ideas rather than telling them they are wrong – for example, if your child says: “Her go school” you can respond, “Yes, SHE WENT to school earlier today” instead of “No.  SHE, not her.”  This way, you are emphasizing the correct grammar for your child, showing them prepositional use, and expanding their vocabulary by example and avoiding negative associations with correction.

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

10 Math Books 3-6 Year Olds Will Love

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If you’re in the market for different techniques to supplement your child’s school-taught math education at home, don’t overlook something you’re probably already doing!  Reading to your child encourages all kinds of skills – from letter and sound recognition to imagination to critical thinking and problem solving skills.  With the right kind of picture books, your 3-6 year olds will love learning about math concepts too! Check out these fun and entertaining math books.

 

1. Zero by Kathryn Otoshi

Every other number is worth something, but when Zero looks at herself, all she sees is a big hole in her center.  If she could look like the other numbers, she’d count too.  This book is not only a lesson in personal worth, but a fun way to learn about numbers and counting.

2. One by Kathryn Otoshi

Blue is a quiet color who, for some reason, Red is always picking on.  Yellow, Orange, Green, and Purple don’t like what they see, but what can they do about it?  This combines learning about primary and secondary colors, as well as counting.  But it also teaches an important lesson about standing together and making a difference – even if you are only one.

 

3. My Very First Book of Numbers by Eric Carle

Do you know how many apples there are?  How many cherries?  This is a puzzle book in which the reader identifies the numeral and number of black boxes on the top half of the page and then matches this to the correct number of fruits shown on the bottom half of the page.  Colorful, vibrant, graphic and fun, this book makes number recognition, counting and matching a game!

 

4. I Spy Numbers by Jean Marzollo

This book uses simple picture clues and rhyming riddles to guide young children through learning about numbers, counting and simple math concepts.  It’s specifically geared to preschoolers and kindergarteners who will love all 12 of the bright, colorful, interesting spreads.

 

5. Rainbow Fish Counting by Marcus Pfister

Young children learn numbers 1-10 with dazzling illustrations of undersea creatures and plants, including the well-loved Rainbow Fish himself!  Bold numerals shown along with the appropriate sea creatures help with number recognition while appealing visually to a young audience.

 

6. Ten Apples Up On Top! by Theo LeSieg

This classic story introduces kids to three lovable characters who can perform all kinds of giggle-inducing tricks!  The Lion, dog and tiger discover that they can do a lot of fun things – from drinking milk to jumping rope and roller skating – all while balancing apples on their heads.  How many can they keep up?  Will they let them fall?  Kids love to count along.

 

7. How Do Dinosaurs Count to Ten? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague

Young readers love these familiar dino characters and their crazy antics!  They’re at it again, this time teaching kids to count from 1 to 10.  The pages are full of rhyming text and silly illustrations that are sure to capture attention.  It makes learning numbers and counting BIG fun!

 

8. Gobble, Gobble Crash! by Julie Stiegemeyer

It all starts with four naughty, noisy turkeys and soon the whole barnyard is awake!  Did they really intend to wake the farmer in the middle of the night as well??  Kids will find the illustrations hilarious as they count up to 10 and all the way back down in fun rhyming text.

 

9. The Greedy Triangle by Marilyn Burns

Bored with his current situation, a triangle visits a local shapeshifter to have some alterations made.  Adding another angle makes him a quadrilateral!  But that’s just not enough for this greedy shape.  Children will love finding out what happens as the triangle adds angle after angle until he is completely transformed!  What a fun introduction to shapes and basic math concepts!

 

10. Shape by Shape by Suse MacDonald

Each page of this bright, vivid book reveals another shape clue about a creature from long ago.  The die-cut pages are full of attention-grabbing colors and shapes that come together in a large, fold-out page for the grand reveal.  Circles become eyes, triangles become scales… will your young reader deduce what awaits on the final page?

 

Also check out this list of 10 Language and Literacy Books 3-6 Year Olds Will Love.

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

 

10 Language and Literacy Books 3-6 Year Olds Will Love

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Supplementing your child’s literacy education doesn’t have to be boring – in fact it can be a lot of fun!  The very best way to encourage literacy education in your preschooler?  Reading to them, of course!  Introducing books to your children at a young age can lead to a life-long love of reading.  You can strengthen letter recognition, practice starting and ending sounds, teach rhyming and speak proper grammar out loud, to name just a few skills.  Here are 10 language and literacy books 3-6 year olds will love.

 

1. Alpha Oops by Alethea Kontis

Z is sick and tired of being last all the time.  The rest of the alphabet agree to go backwards, but it isn’t long before they all get ideas of their own!  It’s every letter for himself in this funny, mixed up romp through the alphabet.  It’s filled with humorous drawings and whimsical details that round out the story of chaos and mayhem!

 

2. The Alphabet Tree by Leo Lionni

A fierce wind is threatening the letters of the alphabet tree.  What can they do to stand against it?  In this darling story the letters learn to band together into words, then sentences to offer a message to the wind.  Will it help?  It’s not only a book about the alphabet and sentences, it also teaches a valuable lesson about the importance of the written word.

 

3. Storybook Treasury of Dick and Jane and Friends by William S. Gray

A compilation of classic and well-loved first-reader storybooks that follow Dick and Jane, along with some new tales.  Parents will love the nostalgia and kids will love the cute and classic tales.

 

4. Not Another Boring ABC Book by Sharon Cohen

A isn’t just for apple anymore!  In this adorable story, kids can join along with Nina, a spunky princess as she has adventures that start with the letters of the alphabet!  Kids have an opportunity to learn the alphabet, along with lessons about alliteration, the power of words, and more.

 

5. My First BOB Books by Lynn Maslen Kertell

This set of tiny first readers is a scholastic award-winning reading program that teaches pre-reading skills and basic literacy concepts.  Through a cute cast of characters and humorous plots, these books lay an important foundation for reading that will appeal to young kids.

 

6. The Turn-Around, Upside-Down Alphabet Book by Lisa Campbell Ernst

At every turn, these letters are full of surprises!  Can your kids discover anything else hidden in the alphabet?  These graphic, colorful pictures are full of fun for kids!

 

7. LMNOPeas by Keith Baker

This cute little alphabet book is filled with jaunty, busy little peas – from acrobats to zoologists!  Follow the peas on their daily pursuits through rhyming text and fun pictures.  Your kids will fall in love!

 

8. Caramel Tree Readers Starter Level: Alphabet Storybooks 1-5 by James Rogers and Sally Crust

Each of these storybooks feature easy to follow and read story lines with cute illustrations.  Each letter has an accompanying song to help retain learning.

 

9. My Very First Book of Words by Eric Carle

Kids will learn to read simple words while matching pictures with words.  These clever matching puzzles are a hit with kids, and Eric Carle’s beloved illustrations are delightful.

 

10. Alphabet Adventure by Audrey Wood

The lower case letters have been working hard and are finally ready for school.  On the way there, i loses her dot and the letters must race to find a substitute.  Small s offers her a star, h a heart, but will they find a suitable replacement?  The cute plot along with engaging illustrations will delight little readers.

 

Also check out this list of 10 Math Books 3-6 Year Olds Will Love.

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

10 Awesome Kids’ Books (you may not know about)

Is your children’s library a bit stale?  While we all have favorite kids’ books, sometimes reading the same well-loved tale over and over can be kind of… boring.  It’s great to stock up on the classics – stories you read as a child, gems from favorite authors, characters your kids love – maybe you need a little inspiration.  This top ten list of awesome kids books may give you a few new ideas!

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10 Awesome Kids Books to Add to Your Shelf

Ducks Don’t Wear Socks by John Nedwidek 

Nedwidek tells the story of Emily – a VERY serious girl who likes doing VERY serious things like playing the cello.  But one day, she runs into Duck – who is definitely NOT serious.  Duck likes to plant crops in the park, ride a stick horse around town, and above all: wear things a duck is NOT supposed to wear.  Through a series of humorous run-ins, Duck teaches Emily (and the reader!) the importance of laughter and fun.

 

Roar of a Snore by Marsha Diane Arnold 

Jack Huffle’s peaceful sleep is disturbed by one big roar of a snore!  At first, he blames his faithful dog, but upon discovering it isn’t him the two set off on a search for the culprit.  They wake Mama Gwyn, Papa Ben, Baby Sue and more, to no avail.  Each family member joins the search in turn and they follow their ears to make a most surprising discovery!  Kids will be delighted with the rhymes and cadence, and will particularly love roaring along with the snorer!

I Love You Through and Through by Bernadette Rosetti Shustak 

This book of charming illustrations features a silly toddler and his stuffed bear with fun rhyming text.  It not only teaches children about emotions, but also portrays the great love parents have for their little ones.

 

My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss

This is a very atypical Dr. Seuss book, but a great read, nonetheless.  In this book, Seuss describes emotions and moods using colors, animals and actions.  His rhyming text is accompanied by bright, vivid paintings which create a sensational experience for the reader.  Kids will easily relate to the book which uses such imagery as a bright red horse kicking his heels, a very sad purple dinosaur, and a cool, quiet calm, green fish – among many others.  This book is a great way to give words and meanings that a child will understand to what can be potentially confusing and abstract ideas.

 

Not a Box by Antoinette Portis 

This cute book features a quirky little rabbit and just one old cardboard box.  Or is it?  Children will learn the importance and fun of imagination as they follow this rabbit in his imaginative play.  From a firetruck to a mountain to a rocket ship, little rabbit shows how imagination transports us to a world with no limitations – where anything is possible.

 

Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! by Mo Willems 

Pigeon is not a BIT sleepy.  Nope, not at all!  But we aren’t allowed to let him stay up past his bedtime.  Kids will laugh along with you as Pigeon runs through all of his excuses, wheedling, reasons, and temper tantrums in order to escape bedtime.  Will he succeed?

 

Ish by Peter Reynolds 

Reynolds paints a vivid picture of Ramon, a carefree spirit who loves drawing.  Nothing makes Ramon more happy that drawing, that is until his brother offers him a single thoughtless remark.  With that one careless comment, Ramon’s joyful sketching turns into an aggravated struggle.  Can he ever enjoy drawing again?  Luckily for Ramon, his little sister is there to open his eyes to thinking “ish-ly” and he discovers that getting everything perfect is not all it’s cut out to be.  Kids and adults alike will love this story of encouraging creativity and innovative thinking.

 

An Awesome Book by Dallas Clayton 

With this book, kids learn to dream big and reach higher than they think they can.  Clayton shares whimsical scenarios replete with bright, vivid, quirky illustrations and fun, thoughtful rhymes.  The moral?  Hold on to the imagination of your youth and don’t be afraid to dream big!

 

Spoon by Amy Krouse Rosenthal 

This is the cute tale of Spoon, a happy utensil.  Though he’s always been fairly satisfied with life, lately he has started to feel as if being a spoon is not all it’s cracked up to be.  Fork, Knife and Chopsticks seem to have it better than him.  Perhaps greater things await him… but do they?  Kids will love the unconventional characters and relatable storyline as they learn about celebrating differences and appreciating the things that make us unique.

 

The Great Paper Caper by Oliver Jeffers 

What is happening in the forest?  The animals grow more and more confused as branches and then whole trees go missing.  Confusion turns to alarm as more of the forest disappears and their investigative work turns up empty.  A single eyewitness lead opens their eyes to bear, the culprit who’s been stealing the trees and dragging them to his home to… do what?  The police are called, an interrogation ensues and the animals hold a trial.  But none of them are expecting what happens next.  Kids of all ages will love finding the clues, learning the story of bear, and searching the funny little illustrations all while learning the importance of friendship, conservation and recycling.

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

Eight Historical Fiction Books for Early Teens

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Historical fiction for teens is a robust genre full of exceptional choices. A mixture of classic and contemporary titles, this list of provoking stories is sure to pique your teen’s interest and help promote the good practice of daily reading. 8 Historical Fiction Books for Teens via Tipsaholic

Before We Were Free by Julia Alvarez

It’s 1960 and twelve-year-old Anita de la Torreis lives with her family in the Dominican Republic under the terror of the Trujillo regime. Eager to escape the dictatorship, Anita and her family prepare to flee to America but quickly discover freedom comes at a cost.

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor

Author Mildred Taylor expertly captures the effects of harsh racism, poverty, and betrayal in the lives of an African American family living in the 1930s Deep South. Reminiscent of the classic To Kill a Mocking Bird, this is one piece of historical fiction no one should miss.

The Book Thief  by Markus Zusak

A heralded favorite of both teens and adults, The Book Thief is a captivating story about the redemptive power of books set against the backdrop of 1939 Nazi Germany. The film adaptation of this #1 New York Times bestseller hit theaters last year, and you can rent or own it now. 

Then by Morris Gleitzman

Felix and Zelda escape the death camp train but now they’re running for their lives. How can two kids survive Nazi-occupied Poland?  This courageous story of hope, love, and family is a page-turner your teen won’t want to put down.

Mary, Bloody Mary by Carolyn Meyer

Author Carolyn Meyer has a special knack for teen fiction and has written numerous books about famous women in history. This story focuses on the tumultuous teen years of Mary Tudor, daughter of Henry VII and half sister to Queen Elizabeth.

The Samurai’s Tale by Erik C. Haugaard

A story of redemption and honor, The Samurai’s Tale follows the orphan Taro on his quest to become a samurai and reclaim his family legacy.

My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier

This beloved classic tells the story of the American Revolution through the eyes of young Tim Meeker and his family. With the threat of war, and division among his own family members, Tim must decided where his loyalty lies.

The Chosen by Chaim Potok

The Chosen is a wise, mature tale centered around two boys, their fathers, and the Jewish faith. Growing up in 1940s Brooklyn, Reuven and Danny forge an unlikely friendship and together face the challenges of adolescence and religious convictions.

 

About the Author: Clarissa Fidler is a 20-something trying to find her place in this world. She grew up in Seattle, attended college in Utah, and now calls Chicago home. In her free time you’ll find her reading the New York Times, cuddling with her cat Harper, catching up on her favorite blogs, running along Lake Michigan, or checking out a new restaurant.  If you’d like to read more by Clarissa, check out her blog West Hawthorne Place.

5 Favorite Potty Training Books

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Potty training isn’t a lot of fun, but you can make the experience much more fun and bearable for you and your toddler by bringing out these five potty training books. These books are funny and cheerful, but they also come with important potty training lessons.

 

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Potty by Leslie Patricelli

This cute little board potty training book tells the story of a little toddler who doesn’t want to go in his diaper, but is unsure what to do next. He observes where his cat and dog “goes” and then figures what he needs to do next. My toddler loves the book and requests to read it every time she sits on the potty.

Danny is Done with Diapers by Rebecca O’Connell

If your toddler is learning his ABCs at the same time he’s learning how to use the potty, this book will hit two birds with one stone. With the use of lots of alliteration and detailed, colorful drawings, this potty training book shows a wide variety of potty designs and different ways to go potty, including moms and dads on the toilet and public bathrooms.

Dinosaur vs. the Potty by Bob Shea

This is a very silly and lighthearted potty training book that will have your toddler laughing and roaring at the dinosaur. The boisterous little dinosaur drinks water, plays in water, and plays in the rain and doesn’t need to go to the potty… or does he? Even though this is just a fun book, there’s still a good lesson in it: when you need to dance around the floor, it probably means that you need to go to potty!

Where’s the Poop? by Julie Markes

Flap books are popular with toddlers and this book is no exception. Teach your toddler that every animal and person needs to go to potty, including elephants, panda bears, and even penguins. For the toddler who’s scared to poop in the potty, this potty training book will alleviate that fear and show that it’s perfectly normal and good!

Even Firefighters Go to the Potty by Wendy Wax and Naomi Wax

This potty training book shows that everyone uses the potty, from firefighters to doctors, and that it’s ok to stop what you’re doing to relieve yourself. That’s an especially important lesson for busy toddlers who don’t want to stop playing to go to the potty!

 

For more books for your toddler, check out these seven essential children’s books for ages 1-3!

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

5 Ways To Teach Your Baby To Love Reading

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Reading is important. We all know this. But is it important to read to babies? Will they even notice? Will it make a difference? YES! It is never too early to start! Here are some ideas to help teach your baby to love reading from an early age.

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1. Start sooner than you think you should

You’d be hard-pressed to teach an 18-month-old how to read, and a newborn isn’t going to know the difference between you reading and you babbling at her. So why read to them when they’re so young? Because it helps you form a habit of reading to them. That habit will prove beneficial down the road when they reach an age where they can learn to read, when they start writing their first book reports, and on through their school years. If you start reading to them daily from day one, you’re more likely to keep reading to them as they grow.

But what do you read to an infant? Simple. Skip the picture books and find something you want to read. Before my oldest turned one, we made it through The Hobbit and the entire Harry Potter series, one chapter at a time, as I nursed her before bed. Hit up the library, find yourself a good novel or memoir or self-help book, and read it aloud to your baby. If you have older kids, read age-appropriate books to them and baby at the same time. Hooray for double-dipping!

 

2. Make it a daily routine

Children thrive on predictability, so don’t just make a habit of reading to them every day; make a habit of reading to them at a certain time every day. Whether that is right after breakfast, before nap time, or after you get home from work is not important. What matters is that you make it part of your daily routine. You might be surprised at how much you both look forward to your fifteen minute break from the busyness of the day to snuggle and read together.

 

3. Choose books with bold, bright pictures and/or rhythmic, rhyming words

Once your baby becomes more social, you’ll probably want to put down Bossypants and start reading picture books together. Even before they fully understand the words you’re reading, they’ll appreciate great illustrations. Bright images are help stimulate brain development, and they help make books more interesting and memorable. Interactive books — such as Pat the Bunny or this pop-up version of The Very Hungry Caterpillar –are also great entertainment for short attentions spans.

As language develops, rhythm and rhyme will start to interest your baby as much as the pictures do. Don’t you think simple song lyrics are much easier to remember than long, boring sentences? Your baby feels the same way. He is more likely to be engaged if the story has a sing-song quality to it. He is also more likely to start memorizing those words later on, which is a good first step toward reading.

 

4. Read the same books over and over

It’s good to read a variety of books with your baby, but choose a few that you rotate through every few days. I have probably read Green Eggs and Ham and Goodnight Moon a thousand times, but my girls still love them. Repeatedly reading old favorites is not only comforting, but as language develops it will help them start to memorize the words. As I mentioned before, that is a good first step toward learning to read.

 

5. Make it fun!

Let’s face it: a lot of children’s books are boring for adults, especially if you are reading them over and over and over again. So shake things up a little. Share a bowl of strawberries while reading The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear. Do an overly dramatic reading of Llama Llama Red PajamaSing when you read Miss Mary Mack. (Come on…you remember how the tune goes!) Use puppets or stuffed animals to act out a story, or pretend to have them read it instead of you. Whatever you do, have fun with it. Your baby will be delighted at your antics, and you’ll be actively engaged instead of bored out of your gourd.

The takeaway here is that if you want your baby to learn to love reading, you should love reading too. And the only way for your baby to see that is for you to show her how much you enjoy it. So don’t be afraid to get silly and have some fun!

 

Jen is the mother of two sweet girls; her days are filled with Dr. Seuss books and laundry, block castles and pink tutus. Reading is her first passion. Finding and testing out delicious recipes is a close second. She and her husband are working on making their fixer-upper home into something amazing. It’s a satisfying but painfully slow process. Read more from Jen at her blog: Nothing Can Come Of Nothing