January 28th, 2019
At a recent parent meeting, one mother asked if she should use flashcards to teach her kindergartener sight words. My gut response? Don’t bother. But here’s why avoiding flashcards is my knee-jerk reaction, and when, on the other hand, flashcards might not be so bad.Read the article
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January 8th, 2019
As I think back to when my kids were little, I’m so thankful that there weren’t mobile phones. I know it would have been really hard for me to avoid picking my phone up; taking care of young children was tedious at times, and texting or scrolling would have been a great way to entertain myself.
But does a parent’s mobile-device use even matter? Apparently, it can. An article in the New York Times quotes data that might make parents of babies and toddlers want to rethink their phone habits:Read the article
December 21st, 2018
Last week I wrote about why giving books to your children as gifts sends a clear message about how important reading is in your family. For another fun take on holiday book giving, read about the Book on Every Bed campaign.Read the article
December 12th, 2018
What you give your children says something to them. So when you are buying gifts for children, always include books. They’ll know that you think books are special and gift-worthy, and you will be building a family culture that puts reading at the center: we read and talk about books together, we read books on our own, and we give special books (lovingly chosen) as gifts to people we care about. Make book-giving a habit early and stick with it through the years: you want a solid connection between family, books, reading, and good times.Read the article
December 4th, 2018
When I talk with parents of children beyond kindergarten, the same question often comes up: “My child just doesn’t pick up a book on his own. How can I get him more excited about reading?” While this is a topic we’ve tackled before, I think it’s worth a deeper dive.
November 20th, 2018
Full disclosure: as a rule, I am a print-book fan. But I know there are some positives to the engaging and now-ubiquitous ebook format, so I reviewed a number of studies and learned a lot about the digital format’s strengths and limitations. The research is not comprehensive, unfortunately. There have not been enough high-quality studies done on all types of ebook experiences with young children, including Kindle-like ebooks, for example, or enough strong studies with digital formats at every age of child. Given the research that is out there, however, there are things parents should know.
November 10th, 2018
Digital books and reading experiences are everywhere: we read the news on our laptops, articles on tablets, and Twitter on our phones. But how does this kind of reading compare to reading “the old-fashioned way,” in paper books and newspapers? More specifically for parents, do children get all the same meaning from reading text on a screen that they would if they were to read the same text on paper? Read the article
November 2nd, 2018
If you have not yet read Emily Harmon’s article in this past weekend’s New York Times, you should stop reading this blog and go directly to the link here. And if you did read the piece in the Sunday Review, you surely are still shaking your head over it.
October 26th, 2018
Next time you settle down to read with your child (of any age), feel good about the fact that there are lots of things that you’re doing to help him/her become a strong reader. Here are 10 specific things you are doing – or could be doing – that make a difference!
You’re… Read the article