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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The Writer Died

The Writer Died Cover Design

The amazing front cover design of ‘The Writer Died’

Child Neglect relates to failure to provide a child’s basic needs. In Europe and America, there are organizations that assist in solving such problems or taking care of neglected children. In many parts of Africa, the story is entirely different. This is an emotional, touching and inspirational story of a young boy who finds himself in a similar situation.

Kumbe finds himself in a hostile environment, as a victim of divorce and neglect. An environment he witnesses the suffering and hustling his mother goes through to feed him. He was unhappy because his father was neglecting his family, spending his fortune on other women. He sees his adolescence as a struggle to win the support of his father.

At school, he was among the best students. This gives him inspiration to fight to educate himself. In a confused society, Kumbe spends a better part of his life visiting the library, reading and studying. Despite daily horrendous life he passes through, Kumbe excels to be an outstanding journalist and writer, attached to the president of his native country, Ghana, with enormous enthusiasm and optimism. However, in his lifetime as a famous journalist, his fame gives him nothing but hatred, jealousy and blackmail from an empire of deceitful enemies.

He stands strong and firm, destined to fight the cruel charismatic power of those forces haunting him. But they are stronger than him. Despite his wife’s moral and material support, Kumbe surrenders and dies mysteriously. Who and what killed him? “The Writer Died” is a truly remarkable book of hard life experience of child neglect, an indispensable and inspiring book for anyone that may find himself in a similar situation.

The writer tries to define, measure, classify, and understand what child neglect is like in Africa.

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Introducing The Writer Died By Joel Savage

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About The Writer Died by Joel Savage

Kumbe finds himself in a hostile environment, as a victim of divorce and neglect. An environment he witnesses the suffering and hustling his mother goes through to feed him. He was unhappy because his father was neglecting his family, spending his fortune on other women. He sees his adolescence as a struggle to win the support of his father. At school, he was among the best students. This gives him inspiration to fight to educate himself. In a confused society, Kumbe spends a better part of his life visiting the library, reading and studying.

Despite daily horrendous life he passes through, Kumbe excels to be an outstanding journalist and writer, attached to the president of his native country, Ghana, with enormous enthusiasm and optimism. However, in his lifetime as a famous journalist, his fame gives him nothing but hatred, jealousy and blackmail from an empire of deceitful enemies. He stands strong and firm, destined to fight the cruel charismatic power of those forces haunting him. But they are stronger than him.

Despite his wife’s moral and material support, Kumbe surrenders and dies mysteriously. Who and what killed him? “The Writer Died” is a truly remarkable book of hard life experience of child neglect, an indispensable and inspiring book for anyone that may find himself in a similar situation. The writer tries to define, measure, classify, and understand what child neglect is like in Africa.

About the Author of The Writer Died, Joel Savage.

Joel Savage is an author and freelance journalist, who enjoys the challenges of creativity and adventure. His work is considered to be pure genre of creative nonfiction of human touch, with appeal to a broad general audience.

He was born in the central region of Ghana, Cape Coast, on January 19, 1957 and studied at Ebenezer Secondary School and Accra High School. He later studied at Ghana Institute of Journalism. He wrote feature articles for the Daily Graphic, the Ghanaian Times, and the Weekly Spectator in Accra for a certain period.

Joel lives in Antwerp, Belgium, with his wife and three children, where he writes for Diplomatic Aspects Newspaper.

Where to buy The Writer Died by Joel Savage.

Visit Joel Savage’s Author Page on oAuthor to find all links for locations of this and other works by Joel Savage.

The Influence Of Technology On Public Libraries

“Let these great modern library buildings increase your appetite to read.” –Joel Savage

 

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Many get happiness in doing different things. Gardening, cleaning, cooking, listening to music, participating or watching sports and reading, add happiness to man’s life and takes away boredom.

However, I take reading as priority among all activities, since reading enlightens, educates, provides information and aware our consciousness of whatever is going on around us. Just imagine, without reading how can we follow our choices of career professions?

I have come across many people that mistakenly put themselves into serious situations, just because they failed to read certain documents before they signed. While the standard of reading is rapidly declining, it’s amazing and breathtaking looking at the impact of modern technology in our library institutions today.

The comfort of stepping into a library

Today we are witnesses to the architectural technology which is transforming library projects. Magnificent attractive modern libraries are like magnet, inviting everyone under the comfort of its canopy to read. The question is: How does a beautiful library entice people to read?

Well, there was a time when readers don’t care much about the cover of books. I remember a local song in my country which part of the lyric is: “Don’t mind the body but the engine.” In today’s publishing industry, designing an attractive book cover is one of the priorities to sell.

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The people of Kansas City were asked to help pick highly influential books that represent Kansas City. Those titles were included as ‘bookbindings’ in the innovative design of the parking garage exterior, to inspire people to utilize the downtown Central Library.

It is most likely that people will read your book, because of the attractive cover. Thus; the days readers don’t judge the cover of books are over. What about a glamorous cover but not an interesting book? This question doesn’t seem important to readers that depend on attractive covers to choose their books.

This week while reading I stumbled upon modern architectural libraries which stole my heart to the extent that I decided to write this short feature article to share with readers worldwide. Reading is defined in many ways but I like this: A multifaceted process involving word recognition, comprehension and motivation.

In today’s society that reading determines the career of everyone, it’s good to see such building buildings to encourage more reading and help those that hate to read to cultivate the habit or talent to read.

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The Reason I don’t Have Any African Friend In Europe

History reveals that Africans collaborated with slave masters to sell their fellow Africans into slavery. It is hard to believe this took place, yet it is in history. It can’t be taken away. Among Africans everywhere in the continent, if one has to find a very good trust worthy friend to depend on and to trust, you need to run a marathon for it, or may take you years to find one or even without one.

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Some Africans in Europe are mean, informers, betrayers, illiterates, criminals and irresponsible to the extent that it is better to isolate yourself from them, if you are a serious type of person with aim and objectives. What your fellow African can do against his brother, can affect him for the rest of his life.
Some years ago at the Borgerhout police station in Antwerp, a police officer asked me “Why do Africans betray each other every time by giving information to the police?” I couldn’t answer him; I looked at his face and smiled. In fact, in Holland many Africans have been deported because other Africans exposed them to the police as illegal immigrants.

In Europe there are many foreign associations. The Turkish, Moroccans, Chinese, Indonesia etc; all have associations that stand out to protest or work hand in hand with the police anytime something wrong happens to their nationals. Don’t expect to see the face of any African when an African is reported killed or brutally manhandled by the police. The illiterates among them will tell that “Food is delicious.”

No one understands this attitude. The police and governments know very well about this cowardliness, especially those from West Africa, the reason Africans are badly treated in Europe than any nationals. When something wrong happens, they quickly spread the news, but when it comes to action, they recoil into their shells like snails. They will never be there for action until the brave one becomes a scapegoat.

Go to the library and see how many African faces you will see there and then shift your attention towards drinking spots and prostitution arenas and see how many Africans you will see there. To buy a book that cost 5 Euros to read is like abomination to many Africans, but very easy for a man to give 50 Euros to a woman, because he wants her.

In Europe, many Africans live years on the same street, but don’t know the name of the street behind them. You may wonder sometimes when you see an Africans on the streets in Europe the type of dress they are wearing, something someone in Africa wouldn’t even put on. Is sad to see many Africans roofless and mentally derailed in Europe, Some of the stories behind are shocking to believe.

Since many couldn’t afford formal education in Africa, Europe should have been a stepping stone or place of opportunity to learn, but to many Africans that’s not important. How would a white man feel or think of an African using Belgium passport for over two decades but doesn’t know that in Netherlands, common bread is ‘Brood’? It’s time for sleeping Africans to wake up. If they really want to be respected they should let their presence be felt positively in the community, by putting slavery, discrimination and racism behind them.

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