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  • Print Awareness

    October 4, 2016 admin
    Print Awareness
    Print awareness is the first key component of learning how to read, and how to read successfully. Children notice print all around them, on signs, billboards, posters and of course, in books! However, it takes modeling and guided instruction for children to realize that print conveys meaning. By introducing your child to print awareness through regular activities such as those mentioned below, you are setting your child up to be a successful reader. Children will learn that print serves a function and is connected to oral language. Words are made of letters, and spaces separate words. When reading with your child, track each word with your finger or a pointer. This helps children recognize individual words, and also models that we read from left to right, and top to bottom. Children will learn that print follows this specific organizational pattern, which will aid their reading abilities later on. Model how to identify the front and back of a book, and... Read More...
  • Phonemic Awareness

    October 12, 2016 admin
    Phonemic Awareness
    Phonemic awareness is an understanding that a word is made up of individual sounds, also called phonemes. A phoneme is the smallest unit of sound that influences a word’s meaning. For example, the phoneme /l/ changes the meaning of “sip” to “slip”. When a child develops phonemic awareness, they are able to manipulate and break down phonemes in a word. A phoneme can be one letter, such a /d/, or more than one letter /ch/. An important skill for children to learn is identifying phonemes in a word. For example, the word “ten” has three phonemes: /t/, /e/, and /n/. The word “chip” also has three phonemes: /ch/, /o/, and /p/. Phonemic awareness involves blending, substituting and breaking apart sounds. Blending is when you take individual sounds and blend them into a word. For example, /b/ /e/ /d/ can be blended into the word “bed”. The reverse of blending is breaking apart, such as taking the word “bed” and breaking... Read More...
  • Letter-Sound Correspondence

    October 4, 2016 admin
    Letter-Sound Correspondence
    Ebook-13The next step towards becoming a successful reader is learning letter-sound correspondence. During our last unit on print awareness, children learned that print corresponds with oral language. Now, children will learn the specific sounds that letters make. When introducing new sounds, make sure to break it down so that children are only learning 2-3 new sounds at a time. The following is a suggested order for teaching sounds: t, b, f, n, m, c, a, i, r, o, g, d, s, e, u, l, h, k, p, j, v, w, z, qu, y and x Use visual alphabet cards when introducing a new letter. Model the sound that the letter makes and have your child practice the sound as well. Listen closely to ensure accuracy. Also, be careful to correctly model sounds yourself. For example, s says “sss”, not “suh”. Many times the “uh” sound is added incorrectly at the end. Download Reading EBook  Ebook-1  Ebook-3  Ebook-4 Read More...
  • Fun Things to Do When It’s Just You and Mom!

    November 14, 2016 admin
    Fun Things to Do When It’s Just You and Mom!
    As my children have gotten older and grown more independent I’ve noticed we spend less time together one-on-one doing activities and playing games. I miss the time with the time with them. I also feel one-on-one time provides natural opportunities for conversations and bonding. I want to maintain a close relationship with my kids as they grow so I decided to make it a point to devote some time each day engaging in play with them one on one. One on one time isn’t always easy to fit in between my work and other commitments and my kid’s playgroups, preschool, and other activities. But because it is so important, it is well worth the effort. I decided to commit to at least ten minutes a day of one-on-one time with each of my children. Ten minutes doesn’t sound like a lot but I’ve found the more achievable the goal, the more likely it is to actually happen. And of course,... Read More...
  • Four Things To Consider When Choosing a Child Care Provider.

    November 14, 2016 admin
    Four Things To Consider When Choosing a Child Care Provider.
    Re-entering the workforce for many new mothers can be a hard decision to make. The notion of "mom guilt" is a very present and real fear that many women face as they try to weigh the benefits and challenges of working outside of the home and placing children in a childcare setting. Committing oneself as a loyal employee and dedicated mother can be hard to balance and take an emotional toll. Many reservations arise when the search for reputable childcare begins, but we have listed four tips to consider when selecting a daycare provider. 1. Interactions Are Key. The initial interactions that you encounter when you visit a childcare center are important. You should feel that you are able to communicate and see socialization initially when you visit the location. Being able to feel that you can ask questions and discuss concerns should be determining factors. If you cannot have a solid communication system with teachers and daycare directors initially,... Read More...
  • “7” Read to Succeed Strategies

    January 30, 2017 admin
    “7” Read to Succeed Strategies
    How Do I Teach My 5 Year Old to Read? “7” Read to Succeed Strategies! Children are learning from the moment they are born. They absorb whatever we teach them. Introducing “reading” to a young child can be done simply by reading to your child. Make it a daily routine. It could be after school, or it could be before bed. Whatever you choose will become an expected daily event. Read aloud to your child and follow each word with your finger. Reading aloud to children helps to broaden their vocabulary and develop their knowledge of different types of print. Eventually a child will learn that print is read from left to right, from the top of the page to the bottom. They will learn to correlate the spoken words with the printed words. 1. Read 15 to 20 minutes per day. 2. Keep a variety of books on hand. 3. Discuss the story as you read. 4. Read out... Read More...

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