Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Stanley Bookman Monthly Tips

Hi! I’m Stanley Bookman. I come from Storyville. This is the place where all the characters in each story live. Where is Storyville, you ask? It’s in the World of Ink, and you can get there only by reading.

I’ve come to live here at SFC: Families Matter with my brother Tyke to share tips with you on how to become better readers and have you help me spread the word about special events or holidays, such as . . . National Thank You Month!

Have you often thought about someone who encouraged you, gave you confidence, or just pointed you in the right direction, but regret never having said “Thank you”? Here is your chance to remember them by writing about how they made a difference in your life. How?

Take a minute and create a list of everyone to whom you could send a thank you card or letter. Select at least one or two of these people and make them a thank you card or write them a thank you letter. (This doesn’t have to be for a gift you received.)

By saying “thank you” to someone who has done something nice for you, has encouraged you, or has been there for you as a good friend will make you feel good inside as well as making the other person feel good. Building relationships with people is important and recognizing those who touch our lives is very important in keeping those relationships for years to come.

Here are a few other things you may do during National Thank You Month:

*Make a list of why it is important to say thank you.
*See who can remember to use the words “thank you” the most for a full day (or even the month)—Make a chart!
*Write thank you notes to everyone you know.

Parenting Tip:

If reading came naturally, teaching reading would be a much easier job. However, children learn to read as readily as they learn to speak. Parents and teachers just need to give children the chance to practice their skills by exposing them to books as early as possible. Reading must be taught through interaction just like speaking. For many children, reading must have a systematically laid out program in which small steps are taken at a time. That’s why it is important for parents and teachers to work together when teaching a child how to read.

One of the best sites parents and teachers can use together is Reading Rockets. You may find the site at http://www.readingrockets.org/teaching

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