Saturday, December 31, 2011
Sunday, December 11, 2011
And if people ask you what your own children need, tell them: BOOKS.
No child can have too many books.
As gifts, books are easy to wrap, inexpensive to ship, and can provide hours and hours of joy. Can you think of a more perfect gift?
Sunday, December 4, 2011
One mother told me that at night she and her husband each read to one of their two children. It is a special time for each child to be with that parent. But there are many ways to structure a routine. A single parent might decide to have a "family read" or spend time individually with each child. The important thing is to make it a regular routine that you and your child will anticipate and enjoy.
Saturday, November 26, 2011
LitWorld is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization led by Executive Director Pam Allyn, a renowned literacy educator and advocate. LitWorld works to cultivate literacy leaders worldwide through transformational literacy experiences that build connection, understanding, resilience, and strength. LitWorld joins together with teachers, parents, community members, and children to support the development of sustainable literacy practices across the world.
What am I doing for LitWorld?
I am running a book drive on Amazon to help support LitWorld's next event.
The event is a book fair, called LitFest, scheduled for December 10. It will take place at the Polo Grounds Community Center in Harlem. The center serves 4,100 residents of the Polo Grounds Towers, and is a hub site for LitWorld. The Polo Grounds Towers are part of a public housing project, located on the former home of the New York Giants.
The purpose of the event is to encourage parents to read with their children over the holidays while students are out of school, and to provide them with books to give as gifts to their children. It is going to be a drop-in fair where community members can come to get books for their family, There will be booths with literacy themed activities to inspire children and families to have fun with reading as well.
Help me provide books for LitFest to distribute on December 10.
Donating is simple. Just go to http://amzn.com/w/1PB8NSHLF75UR
There you will find a list of the books that have been requested by LitWorld. Please choose new books either from Amazon or its vendors. Amazon will ship the books directly to the LitWorld headquarters in Manhattan. If you have an Amazon account, just be sure to check the LitWorld address instead of your regular addresses.
So it is easy to donate. And afterward you can feel good about supporting family literacy.
Please order by December 1 to make sure books will arrive in time for the December 10 event.
Thank you in advance for helping to spread literacy in our local communities!
To learn more about LitWorld, go to http://litworld.org/
Literacy is the foundation for emotional and physical well-being, intellectual growth, and economic security. The right to read and write is a fundamental human right and belongs to all people.
Friday, November 11, 2011
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
If you cannot participate in a literacy event in your community to observe the day, spend some time talking with your preschooler about the importance of reading. Better yet, spend some extra time reading together.
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Francine's Day by Anna Alter
This book is a nice starting point for addressing any of your child's mixed feelings about starting preschool.
Little Bunny’s Preschool Countdown by Maribeth Boeltz
Reading this story is a good opening for talking about growing up and changes, including starting school.
My First Day at Nursery School by Becky Edwards
Reading this book will give your child an opportunity to talk about the many kinds of feelings that he might have about starting school.
What to Expect at Preschool by Heidi Murkoff
This book predicts some question that children might have before they begin school--and gives good answers.
Tinyflock Nursery School by Suzy-Jane Tanner
This book might be an ideal choice if your child has already expressed some specific fears about starting school.
Friday, August 26, 2011
Thursday, August 11, 2011
What do parents with young children need to know about reading aloud?
- Children who live in print-rich environments and who are read to during the first years of life are much more likely to learn to read on schedule.
- Books contain many more words than children encounter in spoken language, helping to build and expand a child's vocabulary.
- The nurturing and one-on-one attention from parents while reading aloud encourages children to form a positive association with books and reading later in life.
Monday, August 8, 2011
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Saturday, July 2, 2011
Monday, June 27, 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Friday, April 1, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Michelle is a former teacher and Reading Recovery specialist. She has three children of elementary-school age and tutors on a volunteer basis in their school. She has her own tutoring practice in her home. In her blog (Beginning Reading Help), Michelle writes clearly and knowledgeably about the techniques she uses and generously shares suggestions. To get an idea of Michelle's clear and helpful advice, and to read more about her, check out her lens from Squidoo (http://www.squidoo.com/reading-starts-at-home).
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Monday, February 28, 2011
It was started by Bola Ajumobi who is the mother of two boys under the age of five. Bola has a background in health care, and grew up surrounded by books. She has remained passionate about books and literacy. This site is the prefect blend of her passions for literacy and entrepreneurship.
Slimy Bookworm.com is loaded with wonderful books, including many classics, for children of all ages. It also includes many resources for parents who might be dealing with a particular issue or problem that is related to child rearing.
Currently 20% of the profits go into funding literacy programs for the underserved. SlimyBookworm.com has an upcoming collaboration with the Center of Civic Engagement at Washington State University to provide books for children in the rural communities of Whitman County, Washington State. So you can feel good about shopping through this site.
Please visit this colorful site (http://www.SlimyBookworm.com) and peruse the wide range of titles. See the icon on the right side of my blog, under the About Me section. If you order books, be sure to type in the code MADFORREADING in the voucher box when you check out. By using that code, you will enjoy a 15% discount on your purchases.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Thursday, January 6, 2011
What I think . . .
There are all kinds of readers. Some—like my daughter and me—are never without a book to read for pleasure. Others—like my son—are careful, analytical, and curious readers who read primarily to seek information from the page.
No matter what kind of reader your child becomes, you can help him or her get started. After all, you are your child’s first teacher. And, best of all, you can have some fun in the process.
Please feel free to share your own ideas. Tell me about ways you've enjoyed reading with your child.
Madeline Boskey, Ph.D.