HOW TO TEACH READING TO CHILDREN

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If there’s one question I get ALL the time, it’s  about how to teach reading to children.

The simple answer is that all the “activities” you see in books and online are not the answer. Those things do become important, but not in the beginning.

In fact, focusing on those “activities” early on can undo all your efforts to teach reading to your child.

Why? Because those activities produce children who CAN  read but not necessarily children who CAN and WILL read. And we can all agree that we want kids who do actually read, right?

So what’s a parent to do? Check out this quick interview with Nicole from “The Break 4 Moms” to find out how to teach reading to your child.  You’ll see why Nicole concludes that teaching reading is not what parents think it is…which is great news for you and your child!

Find out if your school-aged child is on the path to reading success. Take the quiz.

 

#1 TIP FOR A GOOD SCHOOL YEAR

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What’s the #1 TIP for a good school year for your child? The answer is easy! Make sure your child gets a good night of sleep–every night!

But some kids simply cannot get a good night of sleep on school nights…or any night!  They have a sleep-related breathing problem.

It’s called Pediatric Sleep-discordered Breathing (PSDB), and it wreaks having on a child’s life in every way, including school performance and reading.

Watch this 3-minute video and find out why children with PSDB have reading problems:

Is your child a child who can’t read….or won’t read? Is it caused by a sleep-related breathing problem? Learn the signs.

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GOT A KID WHO CAN’T SHUT HIS MOUTH?

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Who doesn’t love Owen Wilson–even though he can’t seem to keep his mouth shut?

AN OPEN MOUTH IS NOT A SHUT MOUTH

We all know at least one kid who can’t shut his mouth. But could the reason he can’t shut his mouth be just that…because he literally cannot keep his mouth closed? Is he an “Open Mouth” kid?

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What do Prince William and Owen Wilson have in common?

IS IT AN OPEN OR SHUT (MOUTH) CASE?

What does “open mouth” really mean? How “open” is open enough to damage a child’s literacy…and life?  And what does it have to do with misdiagnosed ADHD?? Find out here:

WHAT IS AN OPEN MOUTH A SIGN OF?

Why is an open mouth so alarming? It a sign a child is–or will be–affected by Pediatric Sleep-disordered Breathing (PSDB). PSDB is a serious problem with with whole-body effects. A child with this disorder is affected in all these ways:

  • physical health,
  • emotional health,
  • academic growth, and
  • even looks!

And over 80% of pediatricians report having NO FORMAL TRAINING on sleep disorders.

Don’t take a chance that your child will not get help. Learn the other signs of PSDB.

If we can SPOT IT, we can STOP IT!

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What earns Lady Gaga a spot here with Owen Wilson and the Royal Prince William?

What do these three famous people have in common? It’s not open SESAME…it’s OPEN MOUTH for these well-known mouth breathers.

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WHY PERFECT BABY TEETH ARE NOT PERFECT FOR READING

SADLY, PERFECT BABY TEETH ARE A PROBLEM

We love to see those perfect pearly whites in a young child’s mouth. But we now know they are a sign of pending problems in a child’s reading development…and everything else.

WHY ARE PERFECT BABY TEETH ARE A PROBLEM?

They are a sign a child is–or will be–affected by Pediatric Sleep-disordered Breathing (PSDB). PSDB is a serious problem with with whole-body effects. A child with this disorder is affected in all these ways:

  • physical health,
  • emotional health,
  • academic growth, and
  • even looks!

Learn the other signs of PSDB. If we can spot it, we can stop it!

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Find out why perfect baby teeth are a SERIOUS RED FLAG in this quick video:

Learn the TOP 4 SIGNS OF PSDB

CONCERNED ABOUT YOUR CHILD’S READING?   Take the quiz. Find out if your child is on the path to reading success.

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MWRC–ST. PATRICK’S DAY

Wishing your tween or teen would read more? One sure-fire way is to put some pleasure back into reading…read together! Start with this week’s Mid-week Reading Challenge about St. Patrick’s Day and the corned beef that is so popular on that day.

(New to the Mid-week Reading Challenge? Check it out!)

Or “Print and Pin” the ST. PATRICK’S DAY CORNED BEEF TRIVIA graphic somewhere. The kids will notice. The kids will comment. And that could be the start of something great–if not this week, then next!

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MWRC–Black History Month

Kids are kids…except when they are doing life-changing things in the public eye! In honor of Black History Month, this week’s Mid-week Reading Challenge (MWRC) explores some young heroes of the Civil Rights Era. Check out these courageous kids!

Wishing your tween or teen would read more? One sure-fire way is to put some pleasure back into reading…read together! 

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Here’s this week’s topic:

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BAD ROMANCE for Mouth Breathers??

 It’s the Mid-week Reading Challenge (MWRC), this time with a little Lady Gaga and something that can give you “Bad Romance.” Yep, it’s all about Mouth Breathers!

Trying to get your tweens and teens to read more? Put a little “pleasure” back into reading by sharing the “Mouth Breathers”  MWRC with them–any way you like!  #ShareSomeReading to send a message that reading is enjoyable.

(Got a question about how to motivate your older child to read?  Check out our Facebook group, Nurturing Literacy Talking with Tara.)

Or “Print and Pin” the “Mouth Breathers” graphic somewhere. The kids will notice. The kids will comment. And that could be the start of something great–if not this week, then next!

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HOW TO FIND LOVE IN THE AIR…AND ONE OTHER PLACE

It’s the Valentine’s Day edition of the Mid-week Reading Challenge!  Learn how to find “LOVE IN THE AIR”…and one other surprisingly popular place! (HINT: Can you say “Om?!”)

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And if you’re trying to get your tweens and teens to read more, let them feel the love! Put some “pleasure” back into reading by sharing the “LOVE IS IN THE AIR!”  MWRC with them–any way you like!  

(New to the Mid-week Reading Challenge? Check it out!)

Or “Print and Pin” the LOVE IS IN THE AIR graphic somewhere and let the kids discover it. They will notice. They will comment. And that could be the start of something great–if not this week, then next!

Parents

have the power

to put the love

back into reading!

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Enjoy this week’s “LOVE IS IN THE AIR” trivia:

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FOOTBALL IS IN THE AIR!

Even if  you’re not a fan, it’s hard to ignore that football is in the air! And if you are a fan, well, what better time to enjoy some football “air” trivia. Start with “deflategate” and see where the wind blows!

 

Wishing your tween or teen would read more? One sure-fire way is to put some pleasure back into reading…read together!

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Here’s this week’s topic:

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THE ONE THING THAT HARMS YOUR CHILD EVERYDAY — AND HOW TO PREVENT THE DAMAGE

shower filter filters chlorine EPA AquablissWhat is the one thing that harms your child everyday? Water. Find out about “vaporized chlorine” and how to prevent the damage to your children and family.

HOW ARE OUR KIDS EXPOSED

One primary way our kids are exposed to chlorine at home is through the tap water used for drinking and cooking. (If you’re not filtering your drinking water, use these three steps.) But even more dangerous than the chlorine exposure in drinking water is exposure to chlorine gas from other “personal uses” like bathing, showering, and use of the toilet.

BATHING

kids chlorine bath danger safety death asthmaLet’s look first at the bath. While it’s true that chlorine robs our skin and hair of moisture and elasticity, that’s just cosmetic. However, over time skin can become irritated from the chlorine, leading to “irritant dermatitis.” Also, chlorine has a drying effect on the eyes and can make them burn. (Can you imagine a child with burning eyes and irritated skin wanting to sit down and read? 

SHOWERING

All of these effects from bathing are bad, but showering is even worse. That’s for two reasons:vaporized shower kohler breast

  1. Chlorine vaporizes much faster than water, and it vaporizes at a lower temperature than water as well. This means vaporized chlorine (chloroform) builds up in the air inside your home. Dr Lance Wallace of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concludes:  “Showering is suspected as the primary cause of elevated levels of chloroform (chlorine gas) in nearly every home because of chlorine in the water.”
  2. The heat of the water opens your pores, and that allows for accelerated absorption of this pesticide.

The bottom line: That steamy shower that feels so good is actually quite bad for your health. In fact, a ten-minute shower gives you the same chlorine exposure as drinking a gallon of unfiltered, municipal tap water. Unfortunately, children are in greater danger because of their smaller size.

THE TOILET

Another often overlooked source of vaporized chlorine in the home is the toilet. Each time the toilet is flushed, chlorinated water comes into the bowl. It takes about thirty minutes for the chlorine in the water to vaporize into the air. Of course, this adds to the concentration of chloroform that is already in the air from showering. Couple this with the fact that many homes are sealed off much of the year (for heat in the cold weather and air conditioning in the hot weather) and the indoor air becomes very unhealthy, for adults and especially children.

INHALING CHLORINE GAS IS DANGEROUS

Inhaling chlorine gas is much more harmful than drinking chlorine in water.  Why? Because when we inhale chloroform, it goes directly into our bloodstream. And kids, because of their smaller size, reach dangerous concentrations sooner. In fact, inhalation of chlorine is a suspected cause of asthma and bronchitis, especially in children. Also, there is a large body of research connecting chlorinated water use and many types of cancer. For example, one study found that “women with breast cancer have 50% to 60% higher levels of organochlorines (chlorination byproducts) in their breast tissue than women without breast cancer.”

HOW TO KEEP YOUR FAMILY SAFE

To keep your children and family safe from vaporized chlorine, REMOVE it and PREVENT it from accumulating in your home.

  1. REMOVE the chloroform by airing out your house for 5-10 minutes each day. Allow cross-ventilation to flush the chloroform out of the air completely every 24 hours, no matter the temperature outside.
  2. PREVENT it from building up by filtering your “personal use” water:
    1. The best option is to install a “whole house” filter. This removes the chlorine from your indoor water supply. (You will still need a filter for your drinking/cooking water  because the piping in homes contains contaminants (e.g. lead in older plumbing and plastics in newer PVC piping.)
    2. If a whole house filter is not an option, install shower filters.

C. If your children still take baths, use bath filters.

  1. What if your options are limited? Follow the experts’ advice. Dr. Mercola says, “If you can afford only one, get a shower filter.”Inhaling vaporized chlorine (chloroform) is more damaging than ingesting chlorine when we drink it in tap water–and is related to many health problems. To keep your children and family safe, REMOVE it and PREVENT it from building up inside your home. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Next up on the blog? AIR. Find out some little known research that will take your breath away about your child’s breathing. 

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