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Today, go somewhere fun to read your book with your child. You can go outside, go to a park, or to your local library. Reading at the library actually motivates your child to want to find other titles to read as well without having to break the bank. You can say yes to as many books as they want and encourage them to read what they have picked out.

Today is the beginning of the summer reading program at our library and during the summer months the library does special events to encourage and motivate kids to read. All library summer programs look different, but they usually consist of kids logging the amount of time that they read and some special programs.

This year my kids were excited to join a couple of book clubs. The Friends of the Library donated books and the kids actually get to keep the books. The way it works, is that the kids read the book and then they come to the library to talk about them. It is only one 45 minute session per book, so it is fun and motivating for them.
As soon as my kids got their books yesterday, they began reading them immediately. Then they also looked for books in the library to read in order to fulfill some of their reading minutes. What I love, is that this is all through the idea of a suttle suggestion. I don’t tell my kids how long they need to read or what they have to read. All those decisions are made by them.

Our summer program is only for the months of June and July. I have found that by August, the kids are not as motivated anymore. No worries, school starts back up soon and they will get into their new routines there soon enough.

 

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Day 3 Try Again

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Today you are going to begin some powerful strategies that put the learning in your child’s hands instead of in yours. I have personally found that when I tell a child how to say a word, some of the really great readers might remember it next time, but the kids that struggle with reading rarely do.

So if telling the child the word is not helpful, then sounding it out must be the next best strategy. Not all words can be sounded out, so I am pretty picky about when I suggest this strategy.

The very first strategy I use with kids is simply to say try again. I want to give them an opportunity to use whatever strategy is going to work for him or her. Many times I will wait till the end of the sentence and give them their own opportunity to fix the mistake. That is ultimately what I want to instill in them anyways. I want them to think to themselves, “Hmm, that didn’t make sense. Let me try that again.”

At this point after you have suggested your child to try it again and they do not get the word correct, just go ahead and tell them the word. As time goes on you are going to learn some additional skills that will help in this area.

 

Day 2 Begin Reading

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Today’s challenge is to simply start reading the book that you have chosen together. You may have already started doing this because your child was so excited. But, in case you didn’t there are some things to think about.

1. How to read the book
2. Commit to 30 minutes a day

First, you want to think about how you are going to read the book. Some kids like to read one page while the parent reads the other page. However, for some kids this is overwhelming. If this is the case, then I suggest that you switch off after each paragraph. This will give your child more breaks and make both of you feel less stressed out.

I highly suggest that you stay away from each of you switching off by chapters. I have noticed that kids seem to lose attention pretty quickly and that it is difficult to keep them on task.

The suggestions that you will get in the days to come will help with what to do if you notice that your child is off task. To begin with you shouldn’t notice that this is much of an issue because they are usually really excited to begin this process with a book that they have chosen with you.

Second, you want to make at least a 30 minute commitment to this activity each day. If the parent is reading half of the pages, then your child is reading for about 15-20 minutes. Children should read for at least 15 minutes a day. With summer and warm weather approaching, many children will feel tempted to play outside or play their video games instead of immersing themselves with a good book.

Studies have been done which correlate the number of minutes a child reads at home to SAT scores. Not so surprisingly, the children that read for the most minutes at home ended up with the highest scores. I am sure that there are other factors in place here with this study, but if the solution to high SAT scores was reading with your child for 30 minutes a night, wouldn’t it be worth it. Check out the results of a dad who made this commitment and this one girl’s success.

Happy reading!

Day 1 Find a Book

20120523-112121.jpgToday’s challenge is pretty simple. All you have to do is find a book that both you and your child will enjoy together. Trust me, the last thing you want to do is get a book that only your child will enjoy. This will not motivate you to continue on with the rest of the challenges. When you have desire, your child will have desire.

I always get asked where the best place is to get a book. There are tons of places that you can go. My favorite place is the library or http://www.paperbackswap.com because these will give you wonderful free books. Who doesn’t love FREE? It is my favorite word.

Another great place to get books is at rummage sales if you have time, or from Amazon. I like that Amazon gives you the choice if you would like an e-book version or a hardcopy. I also like that if you have the Prime it will get to you in 1-2 days. It is very reliable.

Another great idea is to talk to relatives and friends. Ask them what books their kids have enjoyed reading. Maybe there is a book that they could hand down to you or loan. Everybody always loves passing on a great book. I know I do.

Anyway, have fun with this. Select a few books that you would be interested in and then have your child make the final decision. Anyway that you can include choice in this process will equal tons of success. If you force kids to read books they have no interest in, then they will bring in team resistance. And believe me, that is one strong team.

What are you waiting for? Find a great book to enjoy with your child. See you tomorrow for the next challenge.

Everyone wants to make sure that the children in their life are able to read easily and effortlessly.

No parent or teacher ever thinks, “Gosh I  hope that my child will struggle with reading.  It sure would add a lot of adversity to their life.”  Therefore, we always want to be able to do everything that we absolutely can to make sure that kids have the tools that they need to do the very best that they are capable of doing.

In this information age it is pivotal that children be able to read.  There isn’t anything that they will partake in that will not include reading.  We all know that, but sometimes it is hard to convince kids who don’t actually enjoy reading to understand it’s importance.  Who wants to do something that is either hard or boring.

Over the next 31 days you are going to get tips and tricks that will turn any child into a better reader.  Are you ready for a challenge that will motivate your child, build bonding time with your child, and help him or her with reading all at the same time?  This is the perfect time for this challenge.  The time is NOW!  Whether your child already loves to read or doesn’t, they can always become better.

My name is Joanne Kaminski and I am also known as the Skyping Reading Tutor.  I have been teaching kids to read for over 10 years, have a Masters in Reading and have starting my own reading tutoring company called Bright IDEA Reading Tutoring.  The tips and tricks that you will learn are based off of my own experiences of what works best with kids.  I utilize brain research and how kids learn best and actually retain the information that they are learning.

Tomorrow starts day 1 of the challenge.  Subscribe to this blog so that you don’t miss one single day of this challenge and turn your loved little ones into SUPERSTAR Readers.

Oh Canada, How I Love Canada

 

Can I just say that I love skyping to classes in Canada?  Well, whether I can or cannot, I will.  This week I was in Danielle Maley’s grade 1 and grade 2 class.  I learned that in Canada first and second grade do not exist as far as terminology goes and that it is referred to as grade 1 and grade 2.  I just love this age.  These kids have so much enthusiasm and zest for life.  You can see how engaged they are in the pictures that Mrs. Maley took. 

The first thing that we talked about was how far away from each other we are.  We found out that we are 1,000 miles away.  Then we got to the important stuff like what is your favorite book.  One little girl happened to say that her favorite books are Franklin books.  Since I just happened to have a Franklin book I dedicated my reading of Franklin’s Halloween to Georgia.  The kids did not mind at all that it was a little past Halloween.  They were just mesmerized by the entire experience because they had never skyped with someone in one of their classrooms before.  I had the wonderful opportunity to be their first.

After skyping with Canada I quickly came back to Wisconsin to work with an adult that has struggled with reading her whole life.  She happens to live in Wisconsin and is only 30 minutes away from me, but working via skype makes it so much easier.  Neither of us has to travel for an hour and we get to get more done than if we were in person. 

This new student has mentioned that Skype has completely changed her life.  The fact that she can now get help with reading and not have to leave the comfort of her home just astounds her.  She loves the convenience and the new tools that she learns with each session.  She is continuing to get better and better every day and she brightens my day with all of her insights. 

I love that I can spread positivity around the world via Skype and in my day to day life.  It is a blessing, a calling, and for me a way of life.

Miracles of Technology

Today I had the wonderful opportunity to be in Mrs. Jody Kelley’s class from Blairsburg, Iowa.  This was my first time skyping with a class in Iowa andthis was Mrs. Jody Kelley’s students first time skyping.

This is such a remarkable class with a remarkable teacher.  Mrs. Jody Kelley met another teacher from Dublin, Ireland and the students have been using Twitter to learn about each other.  The class in Dublin sent a package containing items from Ireland.  Inside of the box was chocolate, tea, crisps (also known as chips), and a school jumper (also known as a sweatshirt).  Through this amazing interaction the students have been able to grow their knowledge in Geography and time zones.

Mrs. Jody Kelley’s class is planning on sending peanut butter and maple syrup because the student’s in Dublin have never heard of it before.  First however, the students need to find out if peanut butter and maple syrup can be sent over.  So, there is a little bit of research that needs to be done before they can make that happen.  Also, Mrs. Jody Kelley’s class got a donation of a build a bear and they are going to send that over with a school sweatshirt on it.  Before they send it, they are going to take a  picture of their own bear with the sweatshirt/jumper from Dublin.

The students in Mrs. Jody Kelley’s class love to read.  If you want to find out a good title of book, then this is the class to go to.  They are not only knowledgeable, but they have tried out a wide range of authors.  They suggested title like Deep, Dark and Dangerous, Amulet, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and A-Z mysteries.

Today I introduced the class to a new series called Conspiracy 365.  This is a set of 12 books that is a high action packed thriller.  The father is on his way to discovering a major family secret that will be worth millions of dollars.  Unfortunately, the father dies and his son has 365 days to figure it out.  Check out the trailer to this series.  You will be hooked just like I am.  Each book gets you closer to figuring out the secret.  I am currently on May.

Here is my version of a book trailer below.  Enjoy!

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