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.

Why Your Child Should Read Non-Fiction

Does it really matter what your child chooses to read? In a device driven culture, shouldn’t you just be happy he’s reading at all? While as parents we certainly don’t want to micro-manage our children’s reading habits, we think a good argument can be made for encouraging your kid to add a non-fiction title to his book selections. In fact, there are several compelling reasons why your child should include non-fiction texts in his reading repertoire.

Helping your Child with Reading Homework

Helping Your Child with Reading Homework

Each afternoon parents check their children’s backpacks to determine what homework needs to be completed for the evening. Somewhere among the items listed one usually finds: read for __ minutes. While this task seems relatively straightforward, you may find yourself wondering what you should be doing to ensure this assignment is actually yielding the greatest benefit for your kiddo. Parents need not be over-involved in reading homework, but they can employ a few strategies to help their children get the most out of their book!

Celebrate National Comic Book Day! - Red Apple Reading

Celebrate National Comic Book Day!

National Comic Book Day is September 25. The first real comic book in America appeared in 1933 and was a book containing reprinted comic strips from earlier newspaper editions. Comics have come a long way since their beginning. Throughout the world comic books and graphic novels have become a growing source of literary enjoyment. Not sure what you think about the literary value of comics? If you are a little skeptical, consider these advantages that comic books and graphic novels can afford your children:

Celebrate National Book Lovers Day

National Book Lovers Day is August 9th, and while we think that every day is a great day to love books, this day is worthy of a little extra celebrating. Your family might be full of book lovers or perhaps you have more than one reluctant reader in your bunch. Whatever the current feeling is in your home about books, your family can benefit from a day of commemorating the written word. Red Apple Reading has a few suggestions for how your household can celebrate National Book Lovers Day.

Enrich Your Child's Summer Reading

Enrich Your Child’s Summer Reading

Most high schools and some middle and elementary schools assign a list of books to be read before returning to school. So if you have school age children, chances are they are in the midst of their required reading. Many kids enjoy checking off their summer reading, but some (ahem, mine) chafe at the thought of being told what to read. Perhaps there is a way for parents to make the summer reading process more palatable for the kid who bucks against it as well as more enriching for the kid who enjoys it. Check out these summer reading enrichment activities from Red Apple Reading!

Start Good Reading Habits at a Young Age

If you are a parent of young children, you may be wondering about the role reading should play in your child’s daily routine. Most kids don’t become independent readers until they reach elementary school, but the building blocks for reading are laid early in life. So earlier is definitely better when it comes to establishing beneficial reading behaviors.  If you want to know how you can foster good reading habits in your little one, Red Apple Reading has some helpful hints!

Get Caught Reading

Why should parents want their kids to enjoy reading? A love of reading is one of the most important gifts you can give to your child. Reading boosts vocabulary, increases fluency, improves brain function, and develops the imagination. There are countless advantages that reading affords your little one. Cultivating an appreciation of reading at a young age will yield benefits that last a lifetime!