Ok, so we are halfway through the year. Can you believe it? We can’t either. Let’s rewind and talk about those promises you made to yourself at the beginning of the year. Lose weight, be financially responsible, have new experiences, and so on. Looking back, can you say that you have fulfilled those New Year’s Resolutions? If not, can you say that you are certain those resolutions will be achieved within the next six months? Maybe you are on track to check those goals off your list, maybe your plans have become a bit derailed, or maybe you keep telling yourself you’ll “get to it”. No matter how fast the months are flying by, there is still time to make those changes you vowed to uphold through the year when the clock struck midnight on January 1st. Six months down, six months to go until we make a whole new set of resolutions or give the one’s we made in 2017 another try.
Posts Tagged ‘reading’
It’s no secret that children often learn by our interactions with them. We may think that cuddling, singing, and playing with our babies are just simple bonding activities, but they are so much more than that. Many studies show that the more we talk to our babies, the more they learn. Communicating with your child is pivotal for his/her growth and development. One of the best ways to promote aural learning is to simply read to your child.
So, while it may seem silly to walk around Target humming songs, pointing out colors, or simply reading to an infant with no verbal communication skills of their own – do it. Babies learn about speech, language, and reading skills long before they actually begin to speak and read on their own.
Reading can take us on imaginative adventures great and small with a few simple words, and, in some cases, with a few pictures or illustrations too. Want to bring the fun even more “to life” with your kids and help encourage their love of reading?
Here are 10 favorite kid’s books, and crafts perfect for pairing with them.
“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss
A child’s education begins at birth with external stimuli from the outside world. The impact of early childhood education on our children’s ever developing minds, especially between the ages of 0 to 5, is a huge factor in their continued successes throughout life. One area of significant development during these critical years is that of a child’s language and literary skills. Children who learn to love to read not only have a beautiful, imaginary world opened up to them, but also have measurably different successes in school, work, and life than others who do not possess proficient reading abilities.
As parents, teachers of our own children, and contributing members of the society in which we live, we need to become advocates for early and continuing literacy among our neighborhood children and adults.
Keeping kids busy during the winter can be difficult and sometimes frustrating. Without the ability to send them outside to play, parents are left scraping together indoor activities to keep their children entertained and still learning. This is why we love Wee Work for Good and their innovative activity kits that keep kids creating, reading, and exploring, all for a cause, and all on their own.
Do you love to read? Are you looking for a new novel to curl up with when you get a moment to yourself? We have quite a few avid readers on our team at Daily Mom, and we want to connect with other readers out there. Introducing the Daily Mom Book Club! We will share with you the best in new books that we are reading and hope you will read them as well and come back and let us know what you think. Our first book club book is The Truthful Story by Helen Stine.
Fall weather may be here, but that doesn’t mean that you have to put down your favorite summer beach reads. When a book combines a first love, family drama, and one young man’s journey into adulthood, we know it has all the makings to be a real page turner. That’s why we are giving away a copy of the new book Bascomville: A Story of Love and a $50 Amazon gift card. Take a mini mental break from the day to day, check out, and check in to Bascomville!
Researchers have found that readers live almost two years longer than non-readers. A study conducted at Yale and published in the September issue of Social Science & Medicine surveyed the reading patterns of over 3,635 people over the age of 50 years old and found those who read regularly live longer.
Study participants were separated into two groups, those who read up to 3.5 hours per week, those who read more than 3.5 hours per week and those who do not read at all. Over twenty years of research they found that those who read 3.5 hours or more have a lower mortality rate.
Warren Buffett once told a group of students at Columbia University that reading 500 pages a year helps build knowledge like compound interest, but finding the time to read 500 pages a day is unrealistic for most people. Taking these small steps toward reading more will help grow knowledge and improve your life for the better!
It’s just around that time of year again. School buses will soon be showing up to cart your precious cargo away for yet another year of learning. While so much learning and development happens in school, during the days it is equally as important to remember, especially as your children get older the importance of the individual learning they are responsible for at home. From take-home tests and worksheets to reading assignments and research papers, children from a young age often come home with plenty to do. This school season consider the benefits of creating a small and special workspace just for them! It is just one of many ways to help them thrive.
As parents, we know that reading is an integral part of learning for a child. Not only does reading have the highest influence on language development, but it also opens your child’s imagination to a whole world of possibilities. What’s even better is when your child actually becomes the main character of their own reading adventures, which is why we love i See Me! personalized children’s books!
Spring is here! With every spring season comes change; you needn’t look any further than your window to realize this. Snow banks melt and are replaced with green leaves. Short afternoons and early bedtimes are replaced by long warm evenings with adult beverages and EVENTUALLY barbecues. Spring is a magical time of transformation.
Reading regularly will help stimulate your mind, reduce stress, and improve your memory. Researchers have found that hobbies, like reading, may slow Alzheimer’s, and sleep experts recommend reading as part of your evening routine for better sleep.
Even with these benefits, many adults do not read regularly. In 2013, the Huffington Post shared the results of a survey of 1,000 American adults that demonstrated that over 28% of people did not read at all and 25% read only a single book a year. In just three years since the release of that survey it is easy to assume with the increase in technology and predominance of screen time that those numbers have most likely decreased.
A library is just a big, quiet, stuffy place filled with books, right? Maybe you think going to the library is passé in this digital age. You might be surprised to learn of all the great things your local library has to offer that you have been missing out on. Check out this list of eight library hotspots and see if they are available in your area.
The best gift you can give to your child is your time, and there is no better one-on-one time than to snuggle up before bed and read. Reading is the perfect way to wind down and relax before going to bed. Reading not only helps children fall asleep faster and easier, it fosters and encourages imaginations for play time. Nighttime reading inspires daytime play.
Is your little one making siren sounds in his sleep? Fire trucks and firefighters are fascinating for so many toddlers and children. It must be a combination of the bright red, the flashing lights, and the awesome gear that gets kids so excited. We think this obsession with fire trucks and firefighters is wonderful to teach fire safety, team work and about caring for others and your community. There are so many more ways to have fun and learn with fire trucks than just pushing a toy truck around the living room. We’ve got lots of fun ideas to feed off your child’s excitement for fire rescue that will expand his imagination and teach him a lot of real and helpful information about firefighters too.