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Summer Holidays – Beating the Summer Slide

When kids don’t read, work math problems, or aren’t engaged in other learning experiences, not only does their education not continue, it can regress. This problem usually occurs when kids don’t get opportunities to learn over the long summer holidays. It can result in these children coming back to school at a disadvantage. This decline isContinue reading “Summer Holidays – Beating the Summer Slide”

Geronimo Stilton Helps Out with Children’s Reading Comprehension

Doman has always said that when it comes to early learning, never to test your child because it is the fastest way to put him off learning. After observing that what Doman said was true, I steered clear of testing for fear of putting my boys off learning. Unfortunately, that also meant I never really knewContinue reading “Geronimo Stilton Helps Out with Children’s Reading Comprehension”

Early Reading: Benefits of Starting Early

An interesting point about early reading came up in a conversation I had recently with my mother when we were talking about my old Peter and Jane books. My mother remarked that both my brother and I learned to read on our own and that all children would eventually learn to read without intervention. Well, IContinue reading “Early Reading: Benefits of Starting Early”

Disney Literature Classics Collection – Introducing Children to the Classics

When G1 was younger, I tried to follow the Charlotte Mason philosophy for selecting storybooks. It worked well with him because G1 naturally gravitated to books so I always felt it was the way to go until I had G2. With G2, I was just so happy for him to pick up a book thatContinue reading “Disney Literature Classics Collection – Introducing Children to the Classics”

Books: Harry Potter – What Age Should a Child be to Start Reading this Series?

The first thing I ever heard about Harry Potter was how all the kids were crazy about the books and how even the kids who hated reading wanted to read the books. It made me wonder what magic JK Rowling was weaving around her readers to mesmerise them so. To find out, I started readingContinue reading “Books: Harry Potter – What Age Should a Child be to Start Reading this Series?”

Right Brain Education – the Value of Reading

The Value of Reading in Right Brain Education Ruiko Henmi cited Reading to be the number one home practice activity for parents to do with their children. It is also listed as one of the 10 Rules for developing the right brain. If there is only one activity you can do for home practice, it shouldContinue reading “Right Brain Education – the Value of Reading”

Mindfulness Training Can Improve Working Memory, Reading Comprehension, and Task Focus

In a previous post, we learned about the benefits of meditation (in particular “mindfulness meditation”) for modifying alpha brain waves and improving learning and memory processes. Recently, I stumbled upon an article that talked about how mindfulness improves reading ability, working memory, and task-focus. The Study: Mindfulness Training Improves Working Memory Capacity and GRE Performance While ReducingContinue reading “Mindfulness Training Can Improve Working Memory, Reading Comprehension, and Task Focus”

Let’s Read a Book Together

No matter what book G1 is currently reading, I find he still enjoys sitting in on my reading sessions with G2… Lately, G2 has developed a fondness a series of books by Melanie Watt – Scaredy Squirrel. Since we don’t have any Scaredy Squirrel books at home, G1 has been obliging his brother by borrowing a newContinue reading “Let’s Read a Book Together”

Apps: My Story World – Interactive Educational Read Along Stories

My Story World by Mindshapes is the latest of our collection of read-along storybook apps to be discovered and this one’s a keeper. Loads of stories! My Story World contains over 70 interactive stories with more being added to the collection each week! These are some of the stories in their collection that your child is sureContinue reading “Apps: My Story World – Interactive Educational Read Along Stories”

New BrillKids Little Reader Category Pack – Exotic and Wild Animals!

There is a new category pack for the BrillKids Little Reader program! Teach your child about exotic and wild animals from all around the world with the latest Little Reader category pack! What in it? 8 new lesson categories (82 words, 410 high resolution images, 434 voice recordings, 164 videos and animations, and 37 soundContinue reading “New BrillKids Little Reader Category Pack – Exotic and Wild Animals!”