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How to read story books to children? 13 fun loving tips

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Strickland Gililan (1869-1954) in the Reading Mother:
You may have tangible wealth untold;
Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.
Richer than I you can never be –
I have a mother who read to me.

@~@ Read with love
When we read to our children,
we are sending them a message of love:
“I love you and give you one of the most valuable gifts I have —
my time and uncompromising attention.”

@~@ Easy way : tell a story out of a book.

@~@ Reserve a regular time and place for reading together.
For my children, I set aside a minimum of 10 minutes per day (no matter how busy I am) for reading together.
This way, you can make reading a habit.

@~@ Allow your little ones to sit on your laps, to snuggle up to you.

@~@ Read s-l-o-w-l-y.

@~@ Read with animation : e.g. use different voices for different character.

@~@ Point to the / parts of the illustrations / visuals. Follow the text with your finger as you read.

@~@ Ask (stimulating / inspiring) questions. Remember that there is no right / wrong answer.

@~@ Allow your child to re-tell the story, can use the illustrations as aids.

@~@ Recreate the story through activities such as drawing, drama, music or role playing.

@~@ Reward your children when they identify good values, emulate / copy good behaviors from the characters in the stories.

@~@ Use the illustrations / visuals in the books to trigger imagination in storytelling.

@~@ For Chinese comprehension, insert a space in between words in sentences, just like white space in English sentences.

@~@ Visit library / attend storytelling sessions.

@~@ It’s OK to repeat. Children love stories that they wills still love them even if we read to them for more than 10 times.

# email “2013 Parent-Child Reading & Brain-based Reading Strategies”
# Reading for children

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Written by blueroselady

June 20, 2013 at 2:18 pm

Imagination is more powerful than knowledge

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Albert Einstein once said, “Imagination is more powerful than knowledge.”
Recent travel opportunities, which I am grateful for, have enhanced my imagination.

A picture of Tripoli (Lebanon) in the golden hour (where the sun is warm yet so intensely yellow and passionately orange and the water reflects shimmering sunlight) is so surreal that I think I have (mentally) visited Tripoli. I can feel myself transform into a white-feather bird, flying carefreely above the waterfront, gazing at the mosque tower with the sun behind it. A man was sitting on the rock and fishing peacefully. I can even smell the sea and listen to azan.

Compared to my parents or my grandparents, I am indeed very fortunate. The number of countries that I have visited (lived for some of them) is greater than the number of years I have lived. This is a far cry from the fact that my grandfather could not even visited his motherland.
Compared to my globetrotting peers, I am still much a country bumpkin.

Given that one may not have the resources (time, $, health / stamina) to visit a large number of places worldwide, I propose we use our imagination to travel. You can see more places and prioritize the top destinations that you must visit before departure (I mean real departure).

To do:
# earn $ (no money = no journey).
# win free or partially-fully sponsored trips.
# pursue a career / job which allows you to travel.
# make friends globally (people are huge sources of inspirations).
# exercise -> stay healthy.
# research (watch documentary, read books, travel magazines), borrow from libraries / friends, take from flight cabins.
# (VIP) keep your dreams and imagination.

Robert Kennedy said, “Some men see things as they are and ask why. I dream things that never were and ask, why not?”

Tips to improve imagination:
Be childlike.
Pursue a creative hobby. Learn how to draw, paint, knit, write, or play an instrument.

Written by blueroselady

February 25, 2011 at 3:38 pm