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Volume #7   Issue #22

ISSN: 0219-7642    June 14, 2009

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Hi,
Your children are created naturally to speak words. However, they are not created to read or write. Reading and writing are two of the most important life skills that come by learning, practice and repetition. With intense teaching and consistent practice, your children can easily learn how to read and understand printed words. Almost all children learn to read and write at the age of about six. However, teaching your pre-school children about the value of reading is very critical. When your children know the basics of reading at an early age, they can become better readers when they reach their primary school age.

Poor reading skills and abilities can affect your children's future in a number of ways, while excellent reading skills can ensure unqualified success in whatever the field of activity your children prefer to choose. Reading skills are the important keys for learning. Anything that exposes your children to the basics of language in a meaningful and understanding manner will contribute immensely to their learning of the art of how to read.

Reading words and text in printed form is a latent ability that almost every child possesses. However, to develop and master the art of reading, the role of parents is very critical, as they are first mentors and teachers, who can initiate the actual process of developing the reading habit. Parents may wish to ensure that their children can read, write, spell and pronounce words in a manner that can propel them to the path of definite success. Have a nice day!

Thought for today:
"To get what you've never had, you must do what you've never done." - Anonymous

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Andrew Loh
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The Basics of Reading - Why Reading Skills are Important?
Reading skills enable your children to transform writing into comprehensible meaning and understanding and later reach the goals of independence and fluency. Reading is also an art that your children must master in order to perform better in their classrooms.

Improve Reading Skills for Children - Simple Methods and Tips
Improving reading skills in your children is a series of meaningful strategies and methods that start right in your home. Several methods and techniques help you in teaching your young children the art of reading and understanding printed words.

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Your Baby Can Read: Early Language Development System
By Robert Titzer, Ph.D

The most natural time to learn any aspect of language is during the infant and toddler years. There is a ¡°natural window of opportunity¡± for learning language where it is easier for children to learn to understand and speak our language at a high level. During this window of opportunity, between the ages of 3 months and 5 years, they can also learn the written word naturally and easily.

Dr. Titzer has developed a new method of teaching reading that could change how and when our children learn to read. Normally, children don't start learning to read until age 5 or 6 years old, but the natural window of opportunity begins to close around age 4 ¨C Before they enter kindergarten.

 

Teaching Children Who Find Reading Difficult
By Timothy V. Rasinski, Nancy D. Padak and Gay Fawcett

With a strong focus on reading intervention, the Fourth edition of this treasured resource offers prospective and practicing teachers best practices for developing and strengthening the literacy skills of children who find reading difficult. In Teaching Children Who Find Reading Difficult, celebrated authors Tim Rasinski and Nancy Padak join literacy expert Gay Fawcett to present teachers with a research-based instructional approach to teaching struggling readers.

Drawing on IDEA's Responsiveness to Intervention (RTI) model, the authors group user-friendly strategies around key reading instruction areas: phonemic awareness, decoding, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension--to show teachers how to organize intervention for diverse classroom settings, including classrooms with English learners and students with disabilities.

 


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Deprivation of Affection Could Mean Poor Brain Development for Children
Med India June 7, 2009

Babies deprived of love and affection in their first year could be at risk of poor brain development and social skills, a British child psychologist has warned. Particularly babies of mothers with mental health problems were often at greatest risk.


Manipulating the Brain Network Could Improve IQ
Phys Org June 10, 2009

In an attempt to investigate why some brains are more intelligent than others, researchers have found that efficient wiring between different brain regions is associated with a higher IQ. This understanding could potentially lead to the development of drugs that could improve IQ by improving the brain's network efficiency.


Top 4 Foods to Boost Your Memory
Fox News June 10, 2009

While nothing beats a good sleep for enhancing your memory, the foods that you choose to include in your diet also play a role in how your memory functions. Many pay attention to their diets in terms of whether it'll help them build muscle or lose fat, but they neglect to think of how food can improve memory.


Identifying a bright child versus a gifted learner
The Examiner June 1, 2009

A parent is their child's number one advocate and the process begins with them communicating with teachers and other adults who work directly with their children about how a partnership can be developed in order to best meet the needs of their learner.


Gifted girls conceal their talents
Sunday Star May 24, 2009

Parents need to watch their daughters closely to work out whether they might be "gifted", experts say, because girls are far more likely than boys to deliberately "dumb down" to fit in with their friends.


Constant TV is bad for babies: study
AFP June 1, 2009

Having the television on constantly in a household with infants and toddlers is bad for brain and language development because it reduces the number of words the kids hear and say, a study showed Monday.


Should we leave babies to cry?
The Independent June 9, 2009

One of the most popular fashions of the moment for training a baby to sleep is "controlled crying", where you leave your baby to cry for long periods with the hope that in the end they will stop crying and eventually learn to put themselves to sleep.


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