learn to read is one of the most joyous experiences of being a
parent or teacher. Many effective strategies can be used at
home to encourage developing readers.
One of the simplest
ideas is to work with the child to write about something you did
together. For example, after a walk in the woods have the
child tell you about things you saw or experienced. Write or
type the sentences, one or two to a page for the child to
illustrate. Staple the pages together as a book. Read
the pages together to remember the experience.
Before reading a
picture book, have the child tell the story using the information
in the pictures. Yes, it is okay, and in fact desirable, for
young readers to get clues abut reading from the pictures.
Copy a sentence from a
piece of text. Cut the words apart. Mix the words up
and have your child arrange them in correct order. In the
beginning your child can look at the original text. Later,
they should arrange the cards by repeating the sentence.
Cover on word in a
sentence. Have the child think of a list of words that fit
where the word is covered. Uncover the hidden word one
letter at a time, eliminating words on the list that do not match
The ultimate goal in
reading, is, of course, comprehension. It is not too soon to
involve the child in the meaning of the reading. Before
reading have your child make predictions about the book.
Read and decide how much of the prediction was correct.
Continue reading, use the text to affirm your prediction or modify
Encourage your child
to make connections between the text and themselves or with
Press, Dianne Hamelly SD 79
Rhythm, Melody, Life
Human hearts have always
warmed to the rhythm of music. A popular melody reels around in
the brain against our will. Music sets the toe to tapping and
the blood to racing. It marks our happiest and most solemn
occasions. It forges bonds. It reflects all of our
moods. We remember far more songs than speeches.
Music, it turns out, has
more of a grip on our mind and body than we realize. When
couples smile at each other and murmur, "They're playing our
song, " for instance, they may be repeating a universal behavior
that goes back to the dawn of humankind.
It is becoming more
evident in scientific circles that music was an early form of
communicating and it may predate language. No one knows for sure which
came first, but there is growing evidence, as well as debate, that
music is as much a part of our genetic inheritance as
How else can you explain
such observations as music being an integral component of every
culture in the world, past and present; that primitive musical
instruments appeared long before any other form of artistic
expression; and that infants know rhythm and pitch almost from the
first time they hear music.
Does music promote
learning, as some advocates propose. There is no clear answer
yet, but evidence suggests it may help youngsters learn math and
Children enrolled in an
orchestra, for instance, scored twenty-one percent higher on
vocabulary tests than children of similar socioeconomic backgrounds
who did not take music, according to one study. The better
vocabulary scores persisted when the students were retested a year
Whatever the outcome of
studies and research, it is important that our children listen and
enjoy various forms of music.....an incentive to enjoy music this summer.
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