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The Secrets to Raising a Smarter Child
- By Inderbir Sandhu, Ph.D



Oct 17, 2003 Issue

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        Volume #2 Issue #1   ISSN: 0219-7642   Oct 17, 2003

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T A B L E  O F  C O N T E N T S : 

(1) ~ EDITORIAL ~ 
(2) ~ ARTICLES -  How Do I Know I am Being a Good Parent 
                            Improve Child' Reading - Even Without Books ~         
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E D I T O R I A L - W e l c o m e !

Hi Everyone,

It's hard to believe we're up to Volume 1 Issue 24 already! I start 
the new Volume 2 Issue 1 today. Whoo-hoo! I've got 2 great articles 
for you today, along with a few other tidbits that I hope you will 
find interesting. Let's get straight to it!

Have a great week! Take care!

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~ How Do I Know If I Am Being A Good Parent? ~
by Ken Edelston

Often I hear parents expressing concern that their children are
not adequately prepared for life as an adult. Accompanying these
worries is an almost unbearable amount of self criticism in
relation to their parenting competency. These concerns are
similar to one another, but come in many shades. Here are a few
that I have heard, either as a counselor or in some other
situation. As you read down this list, I would suggest that you
consider the following questions. Listen to your thoughts. Do you
view the list as having nothing to do with you? Do you find
yourself criticizing the author of the list? Do you breathe a
sigh of relief, as you read an item and realize it isn't relevant
to you? Do you feel a tightening as you realize that the item is
relevant to you?  Read on here.

~ Improve Child' Reading - Even Without Books ~
By Fran Santoro Hamilton

Parents want their children to be strong readers. They see reading ability as the ticket to a good college and a successful life. The first problem, however, may be getting children to read at all.

The best way to encourage reading is to make it enjoyable. Like the rest of us, children are likely to spend more time at activities they enjoy. Then they excel in those areas that command their time.

Some children, however, have such a strong aversion to reading that they can't start the upward spiral. Many of the following suggestions for parents will help these children improve vital comprehension skills -- even without a book in their hands. This can jump-start children's enjoyment of reading.

• Emphasize the importance of communication by modeling and expecting good listening. Be sure you have your child's attention before giving important information. 

• Encourage your child to talk with you -- to share ideas, to ask questions. Prompt your child in order to probe more deeply or to clarify thinking. 

• Help your child to recognize that things are not equally important. Help him identify relationships -- similarities, opposites, sequence, cause, examples, etc. 

• Make vocabulary study a family activity. 

• Do not push young children to read. They may learn to read using a part of the brain that will stunt reading ability forever. 

• Read. Read to your child, with your child, in front of your child. Show that you value reading for both information and enjoyment. 

• Read some of the books or topics your child is reading so you can share ideas. 

• If you are reading to or with your child, pause occasionally to ask questions about the story. Include questions that don't have right and wrong answers. 

• Help your child compare what is read with his own experience. Look for both differences and similarities. 

• If your child enjoys being read to but doesn't like to read, have him evaluated by a developmental optometrist. A physical problem might be making reading uncomfortable. 

• Lead your reluctant reader to books on topics of interest to him. 

• Ignore oral errors if meaning is correct. 

• If your child seems unaware of an error that changes or destroys meaning, ask at the end of the sentence, "Did that make sense?" 

• Provide a variety of experiences for your child (these do not all need to cost money). Many comprehension problems arise because a child lacks background information. 

• Do not force your child to read a particular book. 

• Do not require that your child read every word of a book. 

• Encourage your child to have a question in mind when reading for information. 

• Provide practical reading experiences, such as reading directions or a recipe. Ask your child whether the writing could have been improved. 

• If your child tends to ramble, occasionally have him stop, identify his main point, and deliver it concisely. 

For recommended reading lists and suggestions of things parents can do to help their children succeed in school, visit Hands-On English offers additional tips for efficient reading and studying. 

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~ Power Touch Learning System ~
By Fisher-Price 

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* Recommended age: 4 - 7 years 

Puts the power of reading at your fingertips! Teachers encourage early 
readers to follow along with their finger as they read or hear a story. 
PowerTouch uses the same approach to bring books to life! Easy finger 
touch activation and "auto page detection" lets kids turn to any page 
in the paper books and immediately touch words or pictures for interactive responses. Features 60+ learning activities teaching reading, phonics, spelling, music math and more! See details here!

_________________________________________________________ L A T E S T  B R A I N Y  N E W S
"Bachelor's Degrees Are The Best" for Raising Pre-Kindergarten Quality, 
According to New Trust for Early Education Report

Today, the Trust for Early Education (TEE) released a new study by Marcy Whitebook, Ph.D., Director, Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, University of California, Berkeley, showing that pre-kindergarten teachers with bachelor's degrees and specialized training in child development raise pre-kindergarten program quality and result in better outcomes for children. The report reinforces the importance of bachelor's degree requirements as a central part of the debate in federal and state pre-kindergarten reform efforts. Read more here.

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