June 14th, 2012 | Posted in Thursday's Thoughts
D is for daddy
How are a child’s memories made and recalled? Dr. Peterson, Professor of Psychology at Memorial University, Newfoundland, states, “a child is more likely to hold on to a particular memory if [it contains] emotion.” When parents discuss a memory, “the development of memory encompasses the development of language, the development of consciousness, personality and narrative.” So, why am I telling you all this for Father’s Day? Fathers want to be part of their child’s good and positive memories as they develop and grow. The road... ...Read more

December 30th, 2010 | Posted in Thursday's Thoughts
The article, ‘Daddy, Read for Me’, describes a five-week literacy program offered for Rikers prison inmates to bring books like ‘The Little Engine That Could’ and ‘The Cat in the Hat’ to life by recording them for their sons and daughters they left behind. ...Read more

One of my favorite ways to “read” with children is with wordless picture books. You may ask, ‘how do you read a wordless picture book’? And that’s the beauty of it, because the telling of the story is up to the readers. The parent can be narrating the story or the child may be narrating the story… or even better, you can be narrating it together. ...Read more

Along with the difficulty of knowing what to read to your children, is knowing HOW to read to your child in order to make the most of your time and to be most effective. Many parents are concerned that they do not have enough time to read every day. But it really only takes a few minutes to enjoy this special time together and to talk about the story. ...Read more
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