Shannon also offers French and Spanish language programs for preschoolers. They are so well designed that you do not need to language yourself to teach your child. You will find more information on www.theculturedkid.com
What special book are you reading to or with your children today?
We do a lot of reading at home, my children are too young to read by themselves but they love books. Today we are sharing a few tips to make reading a book more fun!
Make it fun! Use different voices, exaggerate reactions, do not be afraid to play silly.
Ask questions about the pictures, the story. Can you guess what is going to happen next? What would you done differently?
Ask them to describe what they see, can they guess the story?
Make ‘mistakes’. If your children are like mine they like correcting me when I change something in the story, unless we agreed to all change something.
All the above is even more important when you have been reading the same book for the 10th in a row. Repetition is their way to learn and they are registering different elements of the story at every reading.
Read a bout things they like, pirates, dinosaurs, fairies, knights, cars, animals, other cultures…
Never stop reading to your child even when they learn to read by themselves.
Keep reading, the more they see you read the more they want to do it.
If you are a multicultural family, think about bilingual books. They are a great resources as both parents can read in their language. Children get to learn new words in both languages.
When you are passing on your language to your children, it is not just about words, but about stories, culture, food, a special bond…
You are raising open-minded children who will see the world with more tolerance and will embrace other cultures more easily.
You are bringing down barriers and raising global citizens.
Here are a few resources to assist you with the language teaching:
First hundred words in Japanese
First Italian words
Il mio primo vocabolario
First Chinese words
My first book of Vietnamese words
First hundred words in Russian
Bilingual dictionary English-Portuguese
Learn a language (DVD with 6 languages)
Sing and Learn German
Mijn eerste 100 woorden
My big barefoot book of English-Spanish words
Oxford Children’s visual dictionary
Sing and learn Spanish
Spanish-English picture dictionary
First words Spanish
My big barefoot book of English – French words
French-English picture dictionary
First words English-French
First words French
In a fortnight children in Australia will start the school new year.
It is a very exciting time in our household as our son is going to pre-primary and our daughter is starting kindy.
Everyone is excited!
We have resources in several languages that will help you prepare for the big day.
“It takes a village to raise a child and it takes a child to inspire a village”, Emma Mactaggart
Today we are celebrating ‘International Read to me Day”, this is an international campaign to empower and encourage children to be more proactive in their own literacy by asking the adults surrounding them to read to them and how important it is to be read regularly.
Let’s read every day to our children even when they already know how to read. Let’s share activities that promote literacy and the love of reading.
“No matter what else we tested for the results show that being read to remains an important factor that is not explained away by other factors such as the parents’ education. Children of 4 – 5 years old who are read to 3-4 times a week have reading ages 6 months ahead of children read to once or twice a week. Reading to children nearly every day almost doubles their progress to one year ahead of the group.”
Professor Guyonne Kalb of the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economics and Social Research
So what are you going to read to your child today?