|Reading at Home
Learning to read is much like learning any other skill. It requires a combination of
instruction, experimentation, and practice. But the first step must be motivation. The
child must want to learn to read. Parents can encourage their children to read by
demonstrating that they think reading is important. Parents can help their
children discover the benefits of reading:
Buy as many children's books as you can afford.
Give books as gifts.
Visit the library regularly.
Allow your children to choose their own books.
Don't rush them.
Show your children that you enjoy reading. Make sure they see you reading
newspapers, magazines, and books.
Set up a special place for reading.
Encourage older children to read to younger children.
Surround your child with words; point out street signs; label objects in the house
such as table, desk, and stove.
Play word games like Scrabble, Anagrams, and Ad Lib.
Watch educational TV programs together. Some stress reading development.
Read to your child, especially at bedtime. Reread favorite stories.
Ask you child to read to you.
Stress the things your children do well in reading rather than any mistakes they
make. Remember: Success breeds success.
Letters, We Get Letters!
Foods Affect Your Moods
It may be no surprise that coffee picks you up, and alcohol slows
you down. But many other foods and beverages can and do affect your moods. You can improve
and physical health by
understanding how foods affect you and how you can eat well to
Most people can get all the vitamins and minerals they need by
eating properly. If they don't, their moods can be affected. Without enough B vitamins
(found in tuna, peanuts, and kidney beans), you can feel depressed, grouchy, nervous.
Without enough iron (found in molasses and spinach), you can feel grouchy, nervous, or
Thiamin (found in soybean products) helps you feel calm, sleep well,
and fight depression. Vitamin B12 (found in tuna fish) gives you energy. If you don't have
enough B12, you can feel grouchy or depressed, and have problems sleeping.
Different types of food affect you in different ways. Carbohydrates
(including wheat, pasta, bread, sweets) tend to calm you down. Low-fat proteins (including
meat, fish, low-fat dairy products) give you energy. Fats slow you down and can make you
It is important to eat a balanced diet, especially when you are
under stress. A healthy diet includes low-fat protein (meat, fish, beans), complex
carbohydrates (vegetables, fruit, whole grains), and small amounts of fats (olive,
safflower or other vegetable oils). Avoid sugar, caffeine and alcohol, which add to your
stress burden. Understand how foods affect your moods, and you will improve your physical
and emotional health.