Teaching Boys and Girls to Read

Boys and girls, as genders, are not created equal, and it’s not just a matter of their size, strength or body parts. Their brains work in different ways. While this may not surprise parents of both boys and girls, the fact may only now be making an impact on teachers of young children.

Studies have shown that girls and boys learn at different rates and in different ways. Teachers rarely have applied these gender differences to the way they teach. Our mixed-gender school systems are not designed to teach boys and girls in separate ways. But the proof points to the need.

When Parents Are Teachers

As a parent, you are your children’s first and most important teacher. You are responsible for socializing them and teaching them the fundamental skills they’ll need to succeed in the world. It’s an awesome responsibility that many parents don’t feel capable of fulfilling. But when you start doing the simple things, many of the other responsibilities just fall into place.

Body Image And Books

Children with high self-esteem make better choices throughout their lives than children who never feel quite like they can measure up to parental expectations. They feel free to express their feelings and usually are more sensitive to the feelings of others. They have nothing to prove.

Finding Time to Read for Single Parents

Single parents have to do twice the work to take care of themselves and their children, but many still find time to encourage their children to read. They know how important it is to raise a reading enthusiast: kids who learn to read early are better students and better prepared for success in the world.

Who Cares About Nutrition Anyway?

The physical environment in the brain is just as important as the environment in the classroom. Kids can’t learn when they are under-hydrated or lacking in certain vitamins and minerals. Learning involves a process of electrical connections in the brain. Memory requires a healthy formation of brain cells and neurological connections.

Kids Deal With Grief Through Stories

Grief and loss can be very confusing for young children. They experience a myriad of unfamiliar feelings. Death is traumatic for kids, even if they don’t show grief in the same way that adults do. For example, kids seem to come back to the topic repeatedly, even when you think they have processed the loss and moved on.

Let's Face It, They Don't Wanna Read

The evidence is conclusive — the ability to read has a direct correlation with how well children do in school and beyond. Kids and reading promote developed language skills and better communication abilities. Children who read are more disciplined and develop more enhanced concentration.

Story Time Is Just Plain Boring!

Some kids love story time; they’ll sit and listen for hours on end. Others… not so much. Some children naturally fidget. Some are easily distracted. Others would rather watch TV. The good news is that you can captivate all children with a good story and the right approach so that story time doesn't end up being just plain boring.

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