I am a huge fan of teaching through reading. Children absorb everything that they read. In the last few months, I have stumbled upon my new favorite children's book author, Andrea Beaty.
Beaty writes prose-verse books that enlighten children about the history of famous men and women. Beaty is a NY Times Bestseller. Some characters include Rosie Revere, Iggy Peck and others.
Why do I love Rosie Revere Engineer? Because it teaches young girls that they can be great at math, science, and physics. That being a girl isn't always about princesses, hot pink, and flowers.
If you have children who love to read and love adventure, then you should pick this book up today. I bought mine at B&N. I inserted a link in the picture to Amazon, which offers it at a better price. You can find Iggy Peck here.
The media and our society is obsessed with the concept of labeling. We see it in the news everyday. A child is being bullied at school. Or a teenage girl hung herself over a Facebook post (you should read my upcoming post on Facebook).
Thirty years ago, the news wasn't obsessed with the well-being of our children's psyches. Reporters were discussing the Cold War or the implications of a new president.
The news still reports on those facets of life, but it is hidden behind social issues. But the problem with labeling has gotten out of control in our society. Almost too much news.
Now, I am not that mother who supports bullying or harsh behavior toward other children, but I do have a problem with not being able to be honest. Labels are critical to our ways of communication. We have labeled everything forever. It works the same way as judgment. Any person who claims that they are not judgmental are liars or stupid. We judge. We judge everything. What do you think good news reporting is? It is judgment.
Anyways, off topic a little bit. I do not support negative communication toward children. Children labeling or bullying other children is a minimal problem compared to the real problem: parents labeling or bullying their own children (or children within their proximity).
The more you read,
The more you know.
The more you know,
The smarter you grow.
The smarter you grow,
The stronger your voice,
When speaking your mind
or making your choice.
Poetry is a great way to teach phonics skills. I will do my best to post a poem a week that fosters reading skills. I also believe that reading poetry everyday is a great way to teach rhythm and meter.
For children who are writing, you could ask your child to copy this poem into a notebook. This teaches both reading and writing skills.
Also, consider having your child make his.her own poem each day.
A Book Speaks
When you drop me on the floor
I get stepped on - my sides are sore;
Torn-out pages make me groan;
I feel dizzy if I'm thrown;
Every mark and every stain
On my covers gives me pain;
Please don't bend me, if you do
I don't want to talk to you;
But we will both be friends together,
If you protect me from the weather
And keep me clean so that I look
A tidy, neat and happy book.
I love free things. I really really love free education and homeschool resources. These worksheets came from the website listed on the worksheets. They are free and easy to print. Here are a few for you to use as you teach your child about long vowel sounds:
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