Re-establishing Daily Routine

January 29th, 2010

518984_a_little_girl_saying_good_night_1The holidays have come and gone. If you're anything like me, I'm still not back to my normal routine. I feel that I'm almost there, but not quite. It's hard to wrap my head around a whole new year, and the fact that my vacation is over. Reality is calling, and I'm trying not to answer. Chances are you and your children may be experiencing the same thing. The holidays were a busy time of year. It was filled with get-togethers, obscenely early shopping trips, delicious sugary treats, and time off of work and school. It was a time of year to be enjoyed and cherished. But once it's over, it's time to get back to your daily routine. While it may be… [more]

More Tips for How to Get Kids to Read

April 27th, 2007
Categories: Reading

readingA previous blog discussed reading problems with adopted children and an article stating the prevalence of language delays. What are some additional ways we can help our kids with reading?

  1. Encourage any interest – for about any interest your child can have, an enthusiastic trip to the library for (matching) books is a great idea.
  2. Visit bookstores. Even if not paying, get ideas for the books you’d like to check out at library. But, there is something about the touch and feel and smell of new books that gets me excited about more reading.
  3. Join one of the monthly reading clubs where books are sent to your home regularly. Kids love to get mail and new

How To Get Kids to Read

April 27th, 2007
Categories: Reading

readingI LOVE to read! Blogger Coley shared her love of reading her blog yesterday. With my innate passion for reading, I’ve been baffled, then, that most of my adopted children do not share my enjoyment. I read in this adoption article that the most common delay for adopted children is in language development! The most common issue isn’t in physical development or even social development, but in language, including reading. That’s a powerful message for us as adoptive parents. What can we do to help our kids read?

  1. Read, read, read. Read every sign and billboard you pass. Read things, rather than simply notice them, as you come across them in the “real world”.
  2. Read

International Children’s Book Day

April 3rd, 2007
Categories: Reading

bookposterYesterday was International Children's Book Day! I love any opportunity to celebrate books, so looked around to see if I could find more information about what we would celebrate...and hoped for some great new reading recommendations. At the promotional site for International Children’s Book Day, I read these statements from Margaret Mahy, a children's author. "I will never forget learning to read. Mind you, there were some surprises. Reading gave me power over stories, but, in a way, it also gave stories power over me. I have never been able to get away from them. That is part of the mystery of reading. We live in a time when the world is crowded with books. It is part of the reader's… [more]

Top Ten times to Share books & songs

January 20th, 2007
Categories: Reading

I know its hard to find time to read to your child,but reading & singing to encourage language skills can happen anytime during the day. Just a few minutes a day of reading can make a huge impact in your childs language development. Its one of the best things you can do.Im a huge fan of singing to children also, especially at transition times when your trying to get them from one task to another. 1.In the morning- sing or read a story while bottle-feeding or while getting children out of bed- Sing this is the way we brush our teeth, comb our hair, eat our cereal to help transition a sleepy child into his/her morning routine. 2.In the Car or stroller-… [more]

My Favorite Things- Toddler Books

October 25th, 2006
Categories: Reading

I love Children’s Books and I have a large collection. I think it’s really important to keep books out for your child so that he/she can access them and look at them at his/her leisure. I hated seeing all of a child’s book collection up on a shelf when I was a Home visitor. Mom’s were reading the books but putting them up on the shelf afterwards to keep them from being ripped or ruined. I know my daughter will take the book after I have read it to her and look at it over & over again processing what we had just read. Below I have listed the books that my daughter is captivated by. The ones that she wants me to… [more]