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Common Sense Media: How to Raise a Reader
by Regan Mcmahon
"Kids become lifelong readers for all kinds of reasons. Sometimes there's one key book that captures a kid's imagination and opens him or her up to the exciting world of fiction. Other times, a teacher who assigns great books in class sparks a hunger for more big ideas and fine writing. In some cases, parents influence kids' appreciation of books by sharing their own love of literature and modeling reader behavior -- always having a book to read, taking books on vacation, reading before bedtime, making regular trips to the library and bookstore, etc."
Common Sense Media: Essential Books Guide
"Parents often ask us to suggest good books for their kids -- ones that will engage, entertain, and maybe even enlighten them. So we've scoured our recommendation lists and consulted with teachers, librarians, and book critics to assemble what we consider essential titles for your home bookshelves or to download to your e-reader, smartphone, or tablet. From the classics to more recent must-reads, from fantasy to funny, from bedtime stories to chapter books to true literature and more, we have more than 150 great book suggestions for your kids and teens. Just search our themed categories, and you'll find all our picks arranged by age groups."
Common Sense Media: Best Books for Families
"Sure, your kids love Harry Potter and Twilight -- but what else will keep young bookworms reading? Whether you're on the hunt for classic kids' books or best sellers, our "best books" lists are full of stories that are bound to spark kids' imagination and keep the pages turning."
Note: I am a big fan of Common Sense Media! However, make sure to know what is in every book you put into the hands of your children. Even if it is on a list from a source you trust.
Story Time from Space
"Story Time From Space combines science literacy outreach with simple demonstrations recorded aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Crew members read five science, technology, engineering and mathematics-related children's books in orbit, and complete simple science concept experiments. Crew members videotape themselves reading the books and completing demonstrations. Video and data collected during the demonstrations are downlinked to the ground and posted in a video library with accompanying educational materials."
Information provided to our staff by Heather Croucher, Calvary's 8th grade teacher.
Up to Ten
"Up to Ten has been building prize-winning early-learning games and activities since 1999. Your child will love the reassuring, friendly world that our unique games inhabit. S/he will have enormous fun whilst building independence on the computer and now on tablets and smart phones. Aimed at both preschool and elementary age kids - up to ten."
The Power of Positivity Article
(note: there are a couple of written instances which may be offensive)
"The struggle is real. You have no idea until you have a baby in your house full time. No amount of babysitting, classes or books can really prepare you. It is a trial by poop. Lots and lots of poop. Before you dive off into the deep end, you should know some things about having kids..."
10 Things that Make Kids Less Anxious
Power of Positivity Article
“Anxiety is a normal part of childhood, and every child goes through phases. A phase is temporary and usually harmless. But children who suffer from an anxiety disorder experience fear, nervousness, and shyness, and they start to avoid places and activities.” ~ Anxiety and Depression Association of America
It is estimated that anxiety disorders affect one in eight children. Studies show that children with untreated anxiety are more likely to engage in substance abuse, under-perform academically, and remove themselves from important social development experiences..."
How to Be Smarter Than Alexa
"Last holiday season, did any new "smart" devices make it into your home? Maybe you got an Amazon Echo or a Google Home -- or a wireless baby monitor, or a fridge that reminds you when you're low on milk. Perhaps you bought your child a talking teddy bear or got her a semi-smart watch. In spring of 2017,"
Read more of this article from Common Sense Media by clicking here.
Parents have a daunting job of raising their children. Ideas posted here are an effort to provide our parents with resources in support of their responsibilities.
The Best of the Best
I am collecting the best articles I read regarding raising children in our techie world. Click on the button for outstanding, thought provoking articles. All are short reads.