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Do you think that all those educational apps are giving your toddler’s brain a workout? Not really. Children ages 3 and up who did not use touchscreen devices scored similarly on developmental tests to children who did. Despite all those games aimed toward letters and shapes. In addition, kids who used them to play noneducational games had lower verbal scores.

Apps do have their place for sure, but going low tech is much better for smaller children. A ration of 10:1 is a good rule to follow. That is 10 traditional activities to one digital game. The bottom line is you are your child’s best learning tool. If playing on a tablet is a rare treat, it is more likely to do the trick when you really need to distract your little one.

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Before you start, keep in mind that the goal is not to tell a story, but to discover one together. As you are reading with your child look at the first page and start with a question. What do you see in the picture? Kids will usually state the obvious. Ask them what else do they see? Have them hunt for clues. Encourage them to participate often. Ask them things like, how do you think the character is feeling? What would you do if you were the character? Don’t rush it. There is no script you need to follow. You may tend to rush, but don’t. If you do, you will miss out on the most rewarding part of sharing a picture book with your child. Allowing your child to discover a story of their very own.

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Here comes the fun part. Because I have never written anything before for children, but I knew what I wanted to do. I wrote about the Paw Patrol characters and stuck with the words that he already knew or could sound out. With just 2-4 words and one sentence per page. I illustrated each page with photos I came up with from the internet, the story came together pretty fast.

Then I printed and stapled the pages together. Upon completion this 16 page book with only 20 different words, but plenty of action for him to enjoy. I was wishful that he would like the book, but his reaction not only surprised me but thrilled me also. He was so excited. It was like a dam broke and all the sudden he realized how fun reading actually can be. He started reading everything: road signs, cereal boxes and even some books that he wanted nothing to do with before.

In fear of loosing his motivation I created a book focused on our family. I paired it with old photographs with simple sentences. He loved that book as well. From then on his confidence was so high that their was no stopping him. He progressed so quickly and now in the fourth grade flies through the Harry Potter books. His younger brother wanted to learn how to read, so these handmade books are now being passed down to him.

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When your child turns out to be a reluctant reader, you may need to get creative. Try creating a story just for them. It should do the trick.

“I can’t do this.” Does this phrase sound familiar around your house? I know I have heard it a time or two around here. Watching your child struggle to read becomes frustrating for the both of you. Most kids are smart and have an expanded vocabulary, so what is the issue? Being an avid reader myself, I want everyone to know the joy of reading, but the enthusiasm is not always there. Especially if their struggles increase.

Maybe the book is too hard. So you try another one. You pick another book and you hear, “This book is for babies. I want to read one of my comic books.” Ugh! The problem here is that these books are written above their reading level and they have no interest in reading beginning reader books. When explaining that we need to start small and build our way up, they may seem like it is wasted effort. What is needed is a book to play to their interest, but do it with a few simple words. It can be extremely difficult to find these kinds of books at the library or a book store.

I am going to need to make the books myself. My drawing skills are limited to those of stick figures. So this is going to be a challenge. Luckily, there are tons of images that can be found online. Using greeting card software is a great way to separate the pages into 4 sections. This will make it easier for you to assemble the book yourself. A simple hand drawn cover and numbering the pages so you can figure out how it will go together is all you need.

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Once your child hits preschool, make reading a full multimedia experience. Teach your child that stories transcend the written word by acting out favorite tales together, listening to audio books and employing a few apps.

You are probably pointing out letters to your enthusiastic young pre-reader, but do not forget to highlight numbers while reading also. Ask math questions like: How many sandwiches did the bear eat? Help your child count on their fingers. You can also build comprehension skills by challenging kids to guess what will happen next in the story.

As they move into kindergarten and elementary school, children develop their own strong preferences. Pay close attention to what books your child responds to and what topics they are curious about. Use this as a launching point to connect them with new genres and explore even more. If your kids likes a particular drawing from a certain book, then introduce them to more drawings and books by that same author. Your child will realize that reading empowers them to make new discoveries.

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Raising

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Ignite a can not put it down spark with our surefire picks and tips. Raise a kid who loves to read.

You have probably heard it before, but we will say it again: Reading makes kids smart. Engaging with kids books helps them excel in school. It will strengthen their vocabulary and spelling, as well as help them in math, science and reasoning skills. It gives them a sense of empathy, motivation and curiosity. I am sure you get the point. Reading is critical.

So now how do you get your kid hooked on reading books? Read to them, at least once a day. After that, the key is to be interactive. That means asking them a lot of questions, pointing out details for them in books and encouraging them to retell the story they read in their own words.

It is never too late to start. For little readers, make the experience tactile: Urge babies to touch and turn the pages. You can also mime actions, such as, eating and use toys for props.

As your child grows into the toddler years, identify colors and shapes on each page and then point them out in the world around you. Now is the time to start asking questions as well. (Where did the dog go? Why was Dad sad?) Help them relate to character’s emotions by asking them if they ever felt the same way.

Use your cutie’s love of imagination play to your advantage by visiting the library and making it a game at home. Stamp books and scan a pretend library card. Role playing can help set kids up for a positive lifetime habit.

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Raising

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Touch and Go. Get your baby comfortable with kids books by having him turn pages, make sound effects and point out and later identify objects that he recognizes.

Make it a Family Affair. Give story time a boost by getting your other children involved. Whenever possible, have the older siblings read to younger ones. Even if your older child can not sound out words by herself just yet, she will still enjoy telling familiar tales to her baby sister or brother. You can also enlist far flung grandparents to read a storybook to your little one by way of Skype or FaceTime.

Get Toddlers Hooked on Books. Incorporate reading into your daily routine. Let your child bring waterproof books into the tub. Have her help you carry in the mail, then look at catalogs together. If you are cooking with kids, read recipes out loud. Encourage your active toddler to act out scenes from the story you are reading. You can even record the antics for future viewing and some laughs.

Play Reading Games. Show your preschooler that words are everywhere. Point out street signs, the names on cereal boxes, labels on toy bins. When you read with him, let him take the lead, especially if it is a story he knows well. Or you can take turns reading to one another. If your child is ready, help him to write his own tale. Have him draw pictures in a bland book and dictate the story for you to write down.

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