Reading Routines to Start at Home Now

They may not like to admit it, but children thrive on routine. When structure is built into a child’s day, it helps him know what to expect and thus experience a measure of security. Along with the typical daily routine of eating meals, dressing, and bathing, parents should also incorporate time for reading. Red Apple Reading suggests starting the following reading routines at home today.

It’s Not Too Late to Avoid the Summer Slide!

I’m always amazed how fast our summer slips away. I blink and suddenly it’s the middle of July and all my good intentions for having a productive break have begun to flounder. It can be easy to let learning slide during the summer months, but the cumulative effects of educational inactivity really do add up! The result being our kids end up losing many of the gains they made during the school year. Don’t despair if you have let your kiddos fall into a summer slump. It’s not too late to take hold of the reigns and incorporate a little learning into the rest of the summer holiday. Try including some of the following activities into your kids’ summer schedule.

Preschoolers: Learning Through Play

What do you think of when you think of learning? Do pictures of desks, quiet classrooms, and flashcards come to mind? While there is certainly a time and place for these things, the preschool years are probably not that time. Children (particularly small children) learn best through play and exploration.

Multicultural Children’s Books

Have you ever considered how important it is for a child to pick up a book and see someone who looks like her? Many kids don’t have that experience as often as they should. Multicultural Children’s Book Day is January 27th this year. If you’re looking to expand the selection of multicultural books in your child’s collection, Red Apple Reading has several suggestions to get you started.

Helping Your Elementary Reader

When it comes to reading every child is different. For some children reading comes easily and they are happiest when they have a book in their hand. Other children may not find the act of reading to be difficult, but they simply do not enjoy it. There are also those for whom reading is a very real struggle. Your child may fit neatly into one of these categories or may be a combination of a couple. All parents can help their elementary students with reading regardless of the circumstances. Here is some advice to parents who wish to help their struggling or reluctant elementary reader.