Friday, December 23, 2005

Free Tips For Your Child's Success

Getting free tips for a child's success is something mostparents/guardians are interested in. Most want their child'sacademic growth to improve every school year. Most sincerelycare. Unfortunately some don't, but that's a completely differentarticle. For now, I want to focus on improving the readingabilities of our children immediately.This summer is flying by and soon our children will be back inthe classroom with the eager teachers and their fellowclassmates. My concern as an educator, with over twenty years ofinvaluable experience, is the loss of reading and comprehensionskills over the summer months simply due to lack of reading. Children need to read in order to keep up their skills. Theymust read on a consistent basis to not only maintain but to alsoimprove their skills. Just as any skill or talent, if it isn'tused, it will slowly diminish. Do we really need our children'sreading abilities to begin to waste away as they enjoy the summermonths? I don't think so. Our society can't afford this tohappen either.I frequently compare reading skills to that of a runner's skills. A person that wishes to maintain or improve his or her runningability must run almost on a daily basis. What takes much timeand effort to achieve however, can be very quickly lost if thatrunner takes some time off. Basically, to maintain the skills,the runner needs to run on a consistent basis. This is exactlywhat we are looking to achieve with our children and theirreading skills. We want them to maintain and even improve theirskills. This can be accomplished by reading consistently. Perhaps not every day, but consistently.OK, now I have opened up a very large can of worms, haven't I? Don't get discouraged. Many questions do arise, all of which canbe answered. Questions such as: How much time should my childspend reading? How many days a week? What should my child read? The most frequent question: What can I do to get my child to sitand read when he or she can be rather resistant to the idea? Contact me at mailto:frankw@eticomm.net and I will respond.

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