Ten Tips To Help Your Child Learn To Love Reading

Article originally posted by Ellen Buikema (Practical strategies for life)

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  1. Sing, play, and talk with your child. Children love to hear your voice. It doesn’t matter if you sing on or off key. Interaction is what children crave.
  2. Read aloud to your child every day. Reading to your child is the next best thing to a hug. Bring books along to the dentist, doctor, or on other errands where there will be some wait time. Read to children as part of a bedtime ritual. Routines are reassuring.
  3. Have a variety of reading material that is easily available. Place books in baskets in different parts of the home, including in the bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and TV areas. This allows children to choose books on their own and makes cleaning up after themselves easy. Consider putting together a backpack prefilled with books to grab and go for short or long distance travel.
  4. Read many types of books. Children love learning about their world, how things work, and all kinds of animals. Reading for information is important for childrens’ future. They love books with rhyme, silly words, and fairy tales. Start bringing your children to the library when they are young, and visit regularly.
  5. Pace the reading. Read with expression! Change the quality and volume of sound while reading to make listening to stories fun. Take your time, don’t rush. Stop now and then during reading time to let your child think about the story. Ask questions to encourage thinking.
  6. Repeat. Children enjoy reading favorite stories over and over again, even after they are able to repeat all the words by heart. Encourage them to read their favorite lines with you. Point to the words as you read them together. Talk about your child’s favorite characters in different contexts, like “What do you think The Cat in the Hat would do if he was in our kitchen right now?”
  7. Find words and letters everywhere. As early as age two, children may identify logos they see often at home and other places they travel. This important milestone is the beginning of the knowledge that print has meaning. Cereal boxes are great to use for finding letters and logos, as are menus, calendars and occupant mail. Take turns finding the same letter with your child. Write to do and grocery lists together. Have him make words with magnetic letters on the refrigerator.
  8. Help your child learn about letter sounds. Show her how to write her name. A child’s name is her first “stamp” on the world. Say the sounds of each letter as you print them. Sing an alphabet song and include the sounds of the letter in the song, for example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BELlZKpi1Zs . Encourage your child to write but try not to correct him. Beginning writing should be playful.
  9. Limit tube time. Select TV programs with your child in advance. Watch TV and talk about the programs together. Monitor time on other electronic devices. Video games are good fun and many of them are educational, but balance is needed. Too much close work does not give the eyes enough exercise.
  10. Get involved with your child’s school. You are your child’s first and best advocate. Get to know your child’s teacher. Find out how you can support your child in her academic goals. If at all possible, volunteer time in the classroom. Work schedules make this difficult, but advance planning can help make this happen.

    You are your children’s first teacher. Reading to them is a great start in preparation for life in school and beyond.

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Breed: The Secret Design To Maintain Racial Inequality Among The Despised Classes

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When Christopher Chambers, a bourgeois house cat decides to flee custody rather than be adopted by a new family, he unwittingly finds himself thrust into the position of deciding the fate of all of animal kind. 

Told from the first person viewpoint of a house cat, Breed chronicles the incredible transformation of a cute and lovable kitten into a brutal dictator. Along the way our hero is forced to realize the complexity of the world he lives in as he is coerced to make one compromise after another.

This Kafkaesque novel delves into the darkest corners of the human condition in search of the causes of racism and inequality. What is discovered is made palatable by coating it with an entertaining story about talking animals. In my first novel I attempt to analyze questions raised by Plato, Darwin, and Adolf Hitler regarding equality.

 

The Author

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My name is William Chasterson. I’m a writer and a student of history. I was raised in the Midwest of the United States in a very conservative town of about 15,000 people. In my twenties I moved to New York which is where I’ve been for the past 15 years.

After the first few years of culture shock I was finally able to settle into my environment and actually consider myself a New Yorker. For the past year however I’ve been living in the third world. I’m not going to mention the name of the country I moved to both for my own safety and because this is not a political blog.

The purpose of this blog is to analyze the human psyche and to develop a theory I’ve been slowly formulating my entire life which is that we are all the same. No matter our race, gender, language, or economic status we are all of us equals. While this idea sounds cliche most people’s actions indicate that they don’t really believe it.

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Do We Have To Share The Same Plate With Our Pets?

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Every animal has life like a human being. The reason animal lovers like their pets, whether dogs or cats. There are animal lovers in Africa too, but unlike Europe or America, Africans don’t share bed or sofa, with a dog or cat. The task of an African dog is to be outside to protect his master’s property against thieves.

In Europe, many Africans dating or married to White women, aren’t finding life easy with their partners over the way they socialize with their pets and also behind the dining table. The difference of culture clash is often like a burden to an African. It’s clear an animal has feelings because it’s a living creature. It is therefore a crime when one treats animals bad or cruel, above all we shouldn’t forget that a dog is man’s best friend.

However; is it right for a dog and human being to use the same plate? You can’t love a White woman, without loving her pet. Once you don’t like her pet, she assumes you don’t love her, but frankly speaking, it would be very difficult for an African to use the same plate used to serve a dog’s food.

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Sleeping with dog, act of abomination in Africa, even though very common in Europe and America.

Similar problem Kwame was facing when he fell in love with this young attractive beautiful dog lover. Anytime after eating, she sets the dirty plates on the floor for her dog to lick the plates clean, before putting them in the dish washing machine. Kwame thought that’s not right and couldn’t hold it any longer so he voiced out.

The woman wasn’t happy when he spoke against it. “Well it doesn’t matter since the plates go into the dish washing machine.” She said. There is a difference between hating an animal and the dislike of sharing the same plate with an animal, but such cases are often judged otherwise. It was hard to accept Kwame’s explanation because of her love for her dog.

“Yes, I understand. I love you and I love Twilight (the dog) too, but in Africa, this is never done whether the plate goes inside washing machine or not, human beings can’t eat in the same plate a dog licks,” said Kwame. It’s unfortunate that many people aren’t ready to change, instead want others to love or follow whatever they do or love.

Just nine months after the happy union, the row over a human being sharing the same plate with a dog split the couple apart and both went on separate ways. I love dogs and I’ve owned one before called Allswell, but we didn’t share the same plate or bed. No matter how I love my wife or girlfriend, I will not share the same plate with our pet, because a dog is an animal and I’m a human being.

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Man’s best friend?

A Jealous Cat Called Theodore

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Frederikke the beautiful blue-eyed Danish woman has been an animal lover ever since she was a little girl. Her passion for animals is so strong that she nurses every injured animal she comes across in her neighbourhood. She has one German shepherd and a cat called Theodore.

She has no boyfriend. Her animals have been her friends for many years. She is interested in men; according to her, but hasn’t found the right one yet. Denmark, one of the lovely countries in the Scandinavia is a wonderful place for tourists, visitors, and businessmen. Frederikke is really proud of her country.

Copenhagen, Aarhus and other cities have wonderful sea view, hosts of beautiful restaurants, shopping malls, exceptional boutiques, hotels and the famous Tivoli Gardens. Frederikke wishes to leave all that behind to settle in Norway when she met a handsome young man she wasn’t expecting.

It was love at first sight and the balanced chemistry strongly joined them together. It is likely that animals have emotions like human beings. They show it many times since they can’t speak. When she brought the man to her home, both the dog and the cat out of jealousy misbehaved, because Frederikke was giving more attention to his new boyfriend.

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The dog acts aggressively, jumps straight to the bed and tears one of the pillows into shreds, but why the bed? This is another way one can detect the intelligence of animals. The bed is the right place where Frederikke and her new boyfriend would share their love, the dog, therefore, decides to prevent that to happen.

Frederikke’s boyfriend was totally disappointed. Towards the evening they had their meal and the man went back to the town. One summer Saturday, after sightseeing, Frederikke arrived home comfortable with Tom. After eating and taking some wine, the demand for each other came naturally and they went straight to bed, without knowing what was in store for them.

In the process, there was an ugly smell coming from the bed sheets. Both Tom and Frederikke found themselves swimming in Theodore’s waste matter. The arrival of Frederikke and her boyfriend pushed the jealous cat to do what they weren’t expecting. Theodore went straight to the bedroom to excrete into the sheets before the lovers engaged in any activity.

The lovemaking abruptly came to an end as the odour became unbearable. On the bed, they sat in the middle of the faeces, gazed at each other’s face and burst into laughter. What a cat? Tom asked.

“I have lived with them for a very long time without a man, that’s the source of the jealousness,” says Frederikke. This went on repeatedly a couple of times and Tom hatched a plan and it worked. He visits his girlfriend regularly with a delicious animal food.

Whilst enjoying with his girlfriend in the bedroom, Theodore, and the dog are also busy enjoying their meal. If you think animals have no emotions, then you better think twice. Treat them good and they will treat you good.