Christian grandparents have many resources to spiritual growth in their grandchildren.
In early reading, discussion about a story activates comprehension.
Structured role play can develop strong literacy and speech skills.
Elizabeth and Mary rejoiced that their unborn babies would be part of God's plan to redeem the world.
Biblical literacy is the best gift we can give to the next generation.
|Learning to Read|
If you have a beginning reader in your life, I hope the learning experience is going well for both of you. There is nothing more rewarding than the sound of hearing a child read a book with little or no help.
Unfortunately, some parents and educators lose perspective when it comes to judging a level of easiness for their child's reading materials. In our adult world, a "challenge" is something that has to be hard. This philosophy is fine if we are trying to reach a goal, such as trimming inches from our waistlines. However, the "no pain, no gain" idea does not apply to a young child learning to read. Difficulty in the task just blocks the process.
Practicing on material that is at an easy level allows a child to build fluency. He or she will get better and better with reading that flows along. If they have to make a lot of stops on difficult words, the meaning gets lost. When the material is too hard, all the strategies they know seem to go away, and reading turns into an unsuccessful and unpleasant experience.
So, how do you know if a book is too hard for your tender reader? Education professionals use this scale for determining the level of reading difficulty:
As you child improves you will be able to gradually feed in books that are a little harder. Also, you can take away those which become so well-known that they speed through them with barely a look at the words. You will get a feel for what is just right for your child.
May you both enjoy this journey as your child grows and develops into a skilled, independent reader.