Do you know? Studies reveal that 9 years old is that magical age in which many kids stop reading for fun. There are many practical reasons that contribute to this. Some of which includes having competing priorities for their attention such as having schedules packed with extracurricular activities, sports, social events and homework.
So if you don’t want to see the joy in reading fade in your child, here are some greats tips to consider:
1. Continue reading to your kids even though they have learnt to read. This ritual will put you in a good position to curate their reading materials such that you can continue guiding them through more complicated plots and be in the position to talk and tackle tough topics such as peer pressure and body image. 2. Help them develop the habit of squeezing in reading time throughout the day by using technology to always have a couple of interesting books handy at all times. Minutes transformed into reading during those in-between moments, such as waiting in line, will start to add up. So hooray for healthy uses of screen time! 3. Start a book club with your tween and find an opportunity to discuss anything interesting that they have read. If your kids enjoy comic books, continue to encourage them to go deeper into the format and eventually they will start to transition from picture books to chapter books. 4. Be a role model by making the effort to read in front of your kids or share with them about anything that you have found interesting. If mom and dad enjoy reading, junior will most probably learn to enjoy it too!
The benefits of reading are plentiful so we hope that these great tips will help you build your child's reading muscles and that reading will become part of the natural rhythm of their life. Let's start inculcating these great habits today!
Fun Fact: A chameleon's tongue can stretch more than three times its body length! 🦎
To capture prey, chameleons ballistically project their tongues as far as 1.5 body lengths with accelerations of up to 500 meters per second. At the core of a chameleon’s tongue is a cylindrical tongue skeleton surrounded by the accelerator muscle.
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Need tips on how to calm rowdy kids? Hear it from the experts - aka teachers!
Here are a couple of great tips on what you can do:
1. Give the kids a job with simple and quick directions. When children feel like they are needed and important, it increases their willingness and ability to help! 2. Identify a location where the kids can stay together to do their activities. This simple instruction actually gives them a sense of belonging and is a great way to keep a group of children together. 3. Break up the group when you need to quickly “calm” down kids who are already over-excited (e.g. after playtime). Allowing just a few kids to come into the room at a time can be a great way to shift their mental state as they enter a cool and calm environment. 4. Engage in "call and response" techniques which forces the children to be on the lookout for instructions. From "Hocus Pocus…Time to focus", "To infinity….And beyond", to "Stop…collaborate and listen!” Pick your favourite and get the kids on board and practicing.
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