Welcome to the first of the blogger daily posts this week, where I share a small selection of posts that I have read and enjoyed in the last few days.
The first post today is by Jennie Fitzkee and is the second part to Language, Literature and storytelling for her pre-school class. In my opinion, everyone should have had a teacher like Jennie to inspire them to read and write. I was very lucky to have had such a teacher when I was four and she must have made an impression on me, because 61 years later I still remember Mrs. Miller and her encouragement.
In Part One, I talked about growing readers, reading aloud, and chapter reading. I talked about how language, and the number of words a child hears is critical to academic success in school. And I took language to the next step, expanding on a picture book and writing what children saw and thought.
I begin with that last word, ‘thought’. How do I help children climb the ladder and take them to the next level? Let’s start with some facts:
Every child wants to read when they begin school. Enthusiasm is 100%.
By fourth grade only 54% read something for pleasure every day.
By eighth grade only 30% read for pleasure.
By twelfth grade that number has dropped to 19%.
The key word is pleasure. Reading aloud = academic success + pleasure.
The U.S. Department of Education’s report in 1985 on Becoming a Nation of Readers stated:
“The single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children. It is a practice that should continue throughout the grades.”
I was a new teacher then, yet I just knew this was true. Teachers can tell. I jumped into reading aloud with both feet, and I quickly saw the results. Statistics talk, and I was a witness. That’s the backstory.
Please head over and read the rest of this motivating and inspiring posts, especially if you have young children in your life: https://jenniefitzkee.com/2018/10/04/language-literacy-and-storytelling-part-2/
And although not directly aimed at children, this post by Balroop Singh, certainly should be absorbed by their parents. Balroop explores the modern disease known as self-love… which so easily evolves into narcissistic behaviour and arrogance.
There was a time when self-love was considered to be a “moral flaw.” A traditional view of self-love was equated with “doom,” a path to “failure,” “selfishness and ego.” In the words of Voltaire, “It is not love that should be depicted as blind but self- love.”
Promotion of self-love is a recent development, mooted by social philosophers, psychologists and counsellors who advocate a positive aspect of self–love, associating it with self-care, self-esteem and mental health.
However, self-love seems to be an innate trait. We know it in the cradle and the mirror accentuates it. Have you noticed how happy babies are when they look at their own image? They smile at themselves, wave at their image and feel so elated! This love keeps growing and is nurtured by parents.
Self-love emanates from modern homes, from overstatements of individualistic and proud parents and attitudes of society. Most of the parents tell their children: “You are the best! You can do anything.” As children have highly impressionable minds, they start believing what they are told. They grow up with this illusion; they start thinking highly of themselves and refuse to admit they can ever fail or they don’t have the ability to accomplish what is expected from them.
In our enthusiasm to raise perfect individuals, we overlook the fact that each child is different. Self-love needs to be balanced with human values of compassion, respect, responsibility and harmony. Many parents keep denying that their child is a bully or behaves arrogantly till his self-love morphs into ego.
Head over and read the rest of the post and I am sure Balroop would love your views: https://balroop2013.wordpress.com/2018/10/06/how-self-love-degenerates-into-arrogance
And I am going to leave you with an aahhhhh moment although Nicholas Rossis is in two minds…..
Introducing Izzy: The Kindle-Eating Dog
Readers of my blog may remember my obituary for Meli, our dog and faithful companion of 14 years.
After over a year, we now have a new dog to introduce. To be honest, I still find it hard to move on, but the missus was sorely missing one, and I want to make her happy, so… I’m officially introducing Izzy.
Izzy the dog | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children’s book
Izzy is just over a year old and I was hoping the story I’d share with you today is how she was found stranded on a mountain. She had just given birth to two puppies, only one of whom survived the mountain foxes. When she was found, she was a mess, and the lovely woman who rescued her and her puppy had to trim all her hair and treat various minor ailments. She posted Izzy’s story on Facebook and reached out to us. After meeting them, we decided to take her.
A couple of months later, Izzy’s puppy was ready to move to his new home, and we took Izzy to ours.
Find out how Izzy laid her claim on the much loved Kindle: http://nicholasrossis.me/2018/10/07/introducing-izzy-the-kindle-eating-dog/
Nicholas Rossis, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Nicholas-C.-Rossis/e/B00FXXIBZA
Blog:http://nicholasrossis.me/ – Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7426506.Nicholas_C_Rossis
Please visit Amazon or Nicholas’s website to view all his books.
I hope you have enjoyed today’s selection and that you will head over and enjoy the posts in full – Thanks Sally