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Read Anything and Everything with Your Child

04/25/2013 12:00:00

In our classrooms, we introduce the children to different kinds of writing- storybooks, books about topics we are studying, magazines, how-to guides, recipes, and content on the web. These are kinds of writing that children and adults read in school and in daily life. You can read anything and everything with your child too. This helps your child learn how and why writing and reading are important and useful. Here are some ideas:

  • Read magazines and newspapers. Talk about the photos and illustrations. Find an article by using the table of contents page. Discuss the different sections, such as sports, local news, and advertising.
  • Write a letter together. Use it to say "Thank you," "I hope you feel better soon," or just "Hello." Explain why you write the date and include the name of the person whom you are writing too. Sign it and have your child sign his or her name too.
  • Follow a recipe in a book or instructions on a food container. Work as a team to gather the ingredients. Then follow the directions step-by-step. Ask your child to help you figure out what comes next.
  • Read a variety of books. At the library, help your child pick storybooks, nonfiction books, and books to read together. Your child might choose a book of poems or a book with lots of detailed pictures to look at together.

Some Things To Tell Kids After the Boston Marathon Tragedy

04/17/2013 12:00:00

Here are some things you can do to help children:

1) First and foremost, stay calm. The more upset you are, the more children will become upset.  Moods are contagious.

2) Reassure them that they are safe.

3) Turn off the television when young children are around. The images can be frightening.

4) Talk about importance of being kind & emphasize how kind people were to victims. Invite them to think of kind things they can do for each other when someone is hurt.

5) Give them opportunities to talk about it--to express their feelings.

6) Optional: Get them involved in a project to help people in Boston (Doing something good for others can help with anxiety).

7) Be there for them reassuring them of your own love.

Thanks for all you do.  You are a difference maker

From Marlyn Appelbaum

Child Prodigy Children's Center
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