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Keeping reading and sharing books FUN is important. If the experience is not a positive one, children will relate reading to something negative, which will make them less likely to choose to read (from the Every Child Ready to Read website).

What’s this mean practically?

  • It’s ok to stop reading when it’s no longer enjoyable, even if you haven’t finished the book.
  • Do something else other than going to the library or storytime on those “not so good” days.
  • And it’s ok to leave storytime or the library when it’s no longer enjoyable.

Bottom line, it’s the QUALITY of time, not the QUANTITY of time that makes the difference. Remind yourself that you have years and years of moments and moments to add up; enjoyable moments build a love of books!

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three-bears1Can you tell a story? Sure, you can! Can your child tell a story? Telling stories is a skill needed for learning to read later. (The fancy name is Narrative Skills).

We’re not talking anything professional here. But can a child talk about something starting at the beginning, moving through a middle, and wrapping up with an ending? That’s basic storytelling.

How is it developed?

  • Talk about your day–what have you done, what are you doing next.
  • Put things in order. What comes first when making pancakes and then what?
  • Take things out of order! “Goldilocks came to the three bears house and decided to take a nap.” “Noooooo (giggle, giggle) she ate the porridge first!”
  • Finally read books with strong story lines that are easy to remember. Memorable events, repetitions, and emotional connections all help us remember a story.

Here’s some recommendations:

  • The Gunniwolf by Harper
  • The Hat by Brett
  • The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Williams
  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Numeroff
  • Rainstorm by Lehman (a wordless book, what better way to create a story!)

I’ve developed a little schedule of things to post four days out of the week. Mondays I’ll add a new quote, comic, you tube, or quiz. When I find good stuff, I’m supposed to save it for the next week so I’ll always have something to add and I won’t have to spend time looking around.

But this Zits cartoon is just too priceless especially for all parents and librarians and anyone who’s been read to as a child. I couldn’t wait to share it.

If you lived through those early years of computers, you’ll be amazed at far we’ve come. Watch here.     computer-monitor

If you’re too young to remember when, watch it a second time to catch the import. (The first time you’ll likely be laughing too hard.)

And check out the TRS-80’s that everyone’s using. We had one at home, my school had them, they were made by Radio Shack. Really! And they were affectionately dubbed “trash 80’s.”

Literacy link? Talk about the “old” computer days with your kids.

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