Happy Monday everyone! Your challenge this week is to make sure that your children’s brains don’t turn to mush over the summer! The Phoenix Public Libraries are making it easy to do so by providing an awesome incentive – FREE Diamondbacks tickets! Kids from birth to age eighteen are able to participate in the program, either by reading themselves or having others read to them. All participants will receive a voucher for a ticket to a Diamondbacks game – talk about a nice prize for using your brain a bit this summer! More information about the program can be found on the Phoenix Public Library website. Happy reading!
Barnes and Noble has a great portion of their site dedicated to online storytime. They have numerous popular children’s books to choose from (If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Pinkalicious, and many more) read by authors and celebrities right on the computer. I love getting kids exciting about reading, so click here to check it out.
As a former teacher, I know the importance of reading to our children each and every day. Sure, easier said than done, I know but it really is thatimportant. I will try not to get preachy on you, but here is what some of the research is saying?
Here are 12 of the key reasons to start (or continue) reading aloud to your kids today.
1. Build a lifelong interest in reading. “Getting kids actively involved in the process of reading, and having them interact with adults, is key to a lifelong interest in reading,” said BeAnn Younker, principal at Battle Ground Middle School in Indiana.
2. Children whose parents read to them tend to become better readers and perform better in school, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
3. Reading to kids helps them with language and speech development.
4. It expands kids’ vocabulary and teaches children how to pronounce new words.
5. Reading to toddlers prepares them for school, during which they will need to listen to what is being said to them (similar to what they do while being read to).
6. Reading to older kids helps them understand grammar and correct sentence structure.
7. Kids and parents can use reading time as bonding time. It’s an excellent opportunity for one-on-one communication, and it gives kids the attention they crave.
8. Being read to builds children’s attention spans and helps them hone their listening skills.
9. Curiosity, creativity and imagination are all developed while being read to.
10. Being read to helps kids learn how to express themselves clearly and confidently.
11. Kids learn appropriate behavior when they’re read to, and are exposed to new situations, making them more prepared when they encounter these situations in real life.
12. When read to, children are able to experience the rhythm and melody of language even before they can understand the spoken or printed word.
So get out there and start raising a reader, it’s never too early!
Here‘s another free download from Amazon, but this one is for the kids in your life. These come in really handy while you’re sitting in the waiting room at the doctor’s office or even snuggled up on the couch. Let’s get our kiddos exposed to books in all forms. Download it to your kindle, smart phone or computer today! This offer won’t stick around long.
Live in or near Scottsdale? Looking for something fun and most importantly FREE to do with the kiddos? Get out and try a program at the Scottsdale Public Libraries. They have events for kids infants -through teens almost every day of the week! There are even events for adults in a variety of topics such as book clubs, movie reviews, learning Spanish and more! Click here to check out the calendar!
Have you checked out the library lately? Prior to becoming a parent, I couldn’t tell you the last time I was at a library. A friend told me about a great storytime program she attended with her son at our local library, so I figured it was worth a try. I was more than presently surprised with how much our libraries offer these days. I feel like I’ve been missing out! Here are some of my favorite things, all for F-R-E-E:
- newly released DVD rentals
- newly released CD rentals
- Culture Passes (aka-passes to local museums, zoos, etc.)
- Books, duh. But seriously, have you browsed the shelves lately? They have some amazing titles for both adults and kids.
- eBook rentals
- AMAZING classes for babies, toddlers and families
Here’s a link to the Phoenix Public Library’s current events.