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Reading is Like Food For A Child's Growing Mind

posted Nov 7, 2010, 1:48 PM by Beverly Koopman   [ updated Nov 11, 2010, 5:40 AM ]

Feed your child's brain words by talking with them and reading to them.  Read and talk and discuss LOTS!  All those words are brain-food, so feed it plenty with high quality ideas as well as ordinary, everyday thoughts.  Because books use words differently than conversation or TV, reading is like the spinach of words: packed with extra power.

Doctor's Orders

posted Nov 7, 2010, 1:45 PM by Beverly Koopman   [ updated Nov 11, 2010, 5:40 AM ]

Just like happens with their bodies, there are times when a child's brain grows more easily and more quickly than other times.  A child's brain learns new words easiest when it is young.  This is why it is important to start reading to your child when they are babies.

Some doctors talk with parents about this during well-child visits, starting with babies.  If your doctor does not, ask.  Children who are read to and eventually become readers tend to be healthier.  The brain needs words and ideas. 

Elementary Student Reading

posted Nov 7, 2010, 1:14 PM by Beverly Koopman   [ updated Nov 11, 2010, 5:41 AM ]

From third grade forward, the best students are reading an hour or more each day.  Week after week, month after month it adds up.  The best students keep reading more and more words, getting better and better at school.   They get more many more opportunities because they are ready for them.  Make certain that your child reads daily so he or she can also have the best opportunities. 

The best students are reading many millions of more words than students who do not read daily.  Which future opportunities do you want available for your child? 

Bugs Bunny Baby

posted Nov 7, 2010, 10:49 AM by Beverly Koopman   [ updated Nov 7, 2010, 11:17 AM ]

Reading Time is Cuddle Time

posted Nov 7, 2010, 10:46 AM by Beverly Koopman   [ updated Nov 7, 2010, 11:19 AM ]

Life Success

posted Nov 7, 2010, 10:36 AM by Beverly Koopman   [ updated Nov 11, 2010, 5:42 AM ]

Will reading solve every life problem?  Of course not!  But children who are readers tend to have lower risks for high school problems include reduced risks for: drug use, arrest, teen pregnancy, dropping out, suicide. 

Daily journaling is also a very good way of helping deal with life problems.  People who journal everyday report overall better life coping skills and overall health.  It is good for kids and parents, alike. Read and Write daily.

Invest in Education

posted Nov 7, 2010, 10:32 AM by Beverly Koopman   [ updated Nov 11, 2010, 5:42 AM ]

The more degrees you earn, the more money you'll generally also earn.  Earning a "C" average in high school, generally predicts college drop out.  So start early.  Reading daily helps build the background knowledge and self-discipline needed to score well in higher grades.  Read an hour or more daily.

Escape Poverty with Education

posted Nov 7, 2010, 10:25 AM by Beverly Koopman   [ updated Nov 7, 2010, 2:11 PM ]

Education has been the way out of poverty for Americans throughout her history.  
Work hard, but in the ways that will help the most.  

What is the secret? 
Early literacy:

Read to your baby.
Talk with your preschooler and share books with them. 
Let your children have books to look through from an early age and keep books in their bedroom. 
Help them become readers who love to sit for an hour or more a day with a good book as they grow older.

Pooh - 1st Grade Reading Gap

posted Nov 7, 2010, 10:22 AM by Beverly Koopman   [ updated Nov 11, 2010, 5:43 AM ]

Schools cannot make up this gap.  When kids come unprepared, it takes many more hours to catch them up because everyone else is still learning and growing.  The solution: talk with your kids.  Read to them daily. 

Pebbles Needs to Read

posted Nov 7, 2010, 10:17 AM by Beverly Koopman   [ updated Nov 11, 2010, 5:43 AM ]

The vocabulary TV uses is limited, so it doesn't do a good job of exposing children to new words and new ideas.  Conversation and reading do a great job, though, and they are so easy. 

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