Monday, May 3, 2010

Stanley Bookman Monthly Tips for May

Hi! Tyke and I would like to share with you tips on how to become better readers and have you help us spread the word about special events like Mother’s Day!

Did you know Mother’s Day started in Europe to celebrate the Goddess of Life or Kings of countries? Yep. It was not until the 1600s when Mother’s Day started to include “real” Mothers. They also celebrated Mother’s Day in March not May.

However, the United States made Mother’s Day a national holiday in May instead of March. It all started with a young woman named Anna Jarvis. She celebrated the first Mother’s Day in 1907. She wanted a special day, along with her sister, to celebrate their mother. A year later, the two sisters decided to organize a celebration on May 10th with over 407 children and their mothers. The celebration took place at the Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia.

In 1910, the state of West Virginia officially recognized Mother’s Day as a holiday. But it was not until U.S. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Mother’s Day would be a national holiday on the second Sunday of May did the United States start celebrating their mothers.

So don’t forget to give your mom a big hug on May 9th and let her know how much you love her.

Stanley's Reading Tip:

Reading as a family makes a difference in how ready young children are to learn to read. There is a method many storytellers use, but it does not work with rhyming books or alphabet books. So next time you sit down to read, give this method a try:

Choose a book your child already knows. Ask questions such as, "What is this?" or "What is happening here?"

Have your child tell you what they see on each page. Repeat what your child says and expand upon it.

And remember to always praise and encourage your child to use their imagination in the World of Ink.

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