Recently our community got behind building a new library. If you are interested in architecture these next two videos are super cool!
Our library is so much more than books. I do encourage you to check out books for you and your children, but there is so much more. I'm sharing the Billings Public Library's home page here. You will find programs and a monthly newsletter to help you take advantage of all our library has to offer.
Mental imagery or "movies in the mind" can be developed while reading books to children. Picture books have rich illustrations that help tell the story. Teaching children to see movement happening and sharing your own mental imagery will get them ready for the rich language in books that will allow them to enjoy books as much or more than movies as they move into independent reading and chapter books.
When readers don't use mental imagery in chapter books, they easily lose interest in reading. The rich language is lost on them. The pictures that help tell the story are no longer there.
Here's a great article and book to help you teach a reader to make "movies in the mind".
Are you interested in finding more ways to get your kids reading?
Free Reading Practice Websites:
National Geographic Young Explorer
We Give Books
Subscription Websites with Reading Practice:
It is confusing and heart breaking to watch a child struggle learning to read. Reading is a complicated process that requires the combination of many skills. Being able to read is necessary to be successful in school. When a child falls behind in reading, that child feels dumb everyday at school. That child will begin to hate school and self-esteem will suffer. Don't let a teacher tell you everything is fine, your child will catch up. There are reasons children have trouble learning to read, and there are ways to help.
If you suspect your child is having trouble learning to read, get your child help right away!
Trouble learning to read is usually not related to what a parent has or hasn't done at home or a child's intelligence. There is usually some type of difficulty processing sounds.
What can you do as a parent to help your child?
This month Parent and Child Reading Assistance became a partner with a National Campaign to encourage parents to read aloud to their children 15 minutes everyday.
Here's a link with some information at Read Aloud 15 MINUTES for parents to see why reading aloud from birth is so important.
Here's a link with some great books to read aloud.
I have three children and some of my favorite memories are the times we read together. They loved reading anytime of the day. We had a lot of books within reach and read many of them over and over. They had many of them memorized. We purchased most of our books used. We also checked out a lot at the library. We loved checking out stacks of books by the same author.
Storyline Online has twenty-eight wonderful stories read aloud by actors and a few other famous people.
Children get to enjoy a really good read aloud even if their parents are busy at the moment. I used this site when my kids were younger in the kitchen while I cooked dinner. We all enjoyed a good book and could talk about it afterward.
Adults and children get to see a person trained in acting or public speaking make a book come to life by reading it with passion and expression. This is a great way for adults and children to learn how to read aloud maybe a little better.
I've put together a video for teaching short vowel sounds with books and magnetic letters. Here's a video showing the books, magnetic letters, and a magnetic letter easel I recommend.
Here's a link to purchase magnetic letters.
Here are Amazon links to the recommended books.
Sometimes Amazon doesn't have these books in stock. You buy Short-Vowel Pals and Playful Pals on other sites but usually for a higher price. I'm an associate with Amazon and make a small commission on sales. I like that customers can get Free Shipping on orders over $35 with most products I recommend.
Short Vowel Phonics Video $15.00 (includes shipping)
If you put in the amount of $15.00, I will know you have ordered the Short Vowel Phonics Video and will send it to your address. If you have questions or would like to do this another way, please contact me through the contact form on my home page.
The video I'm selling is 1 hour and 10 minutes. It can be used to teach a child by showing parts of the video before reading books or as a resource for parents or teachers to learn how to teach with these books and magnetic letters and teach a child directly. I recommend that you teach a child directly. Children learn to read best with one on one interactions. It is my hope for more children to be taught reading in one on one situations with caring adults.
I've uploaded parts of the video I am selling onto YouTube.
Most public libraries have a summer reading program.
Scholastic has an online reading program called Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. This program might help motivate your child/children to read this summer. The site also has book lists, tips, and activities to help parents support their children's reading this summer!
Parents can help their kids find books to read this summer. I know I don't want to read when I don't have a good book and neither do my kids. Here's another post with advice to help you help your kids find good books. Also if you choose to read for enjoyment, your kids will notice.
Everyone in my family is currently reading a really good series called Ranger's Apprentice. Even my husband is reading the book. He went out of town this week and took the book I'm reading. We are both in book seven. It's okay. Our public library has a copy. I'm heading there today.
Take books with you on car trips and load some books on those electronic devices.
If you have a child who is struggling with reading, summer is a great time to get help. You can find a reading tutor, get ideas from me to tutor your child yourself, or find an online reading program.
Many children and teens are choosing the wrong books and say they don't like to read.
What is a wrong book? A wrong book is that book that stays in a backpack. A wrong book is that book that can't get finished before it is overdue at the library. A wrong book makes a person not like to read.
You can help your child or teen find the right books and love reading.
Warning: You may have to drag your child or teen away from reading.
1. Say it's okay to stop reading a book and find a better book.
2. Ask a librarian to suggest books similar to ones that have been enjoyable to read.
3. Search online for books similar to ones that have been enjoyable to read.
4. Search online for most popular books.
5. Find books that are challenging and not too easy. Knowing a reading level can help. Books can be searched by reading level and categories here. You can evaluate a reading level with Total Reader.
6. Ask friends what books they have enjoyed reading.
7. Ask other parents what books their children have liked to read.
8. Ask a teacher for book suggestions.
9. Visit a book store and check out the newest most popular books.
10. Read the first chapter out loud together to help your child or teen get into a book.
Here's an article by author James Patterson you may find interesting.
How to Get Your Kid to be a Fanatic Reader
My name is Michelle Breum, and I share information with parents helping their children with reading. Helping children learn to read is important, but there is so much more to helping children become great readers. Parents can help their children choose books, discuss books, and continue to support their children's reading habits all the way into their teens.