Christine Turner's blog

Mixed Matched Middle Readers.

You have been to the pool, you did the family vacation thing and summer is slowing down. Many of you might not know what to do with all of that free time. So, here is a smorgasbord of book suggestions for mature readers.  This booklist includes a little bit of everything in hopes that you find that "perfect" book.  Happy reading.   

Racing to the Moon by Alan Armstrong

The Labyrinth of "Leveled Readers"

 What Makes Finding Early Readers So Confusing For Parents? Everything! 

When you enter the early reader section at your public library the books are most likely organized by the authors last name. Unless you have found the item on the card catalog this information is not helpful.  What complicates things even further, is that as a collective whole Publishers do not have a universal system for leveling early readers. So, how in the world can you find the right item for your child?

 

Mystery Readers

Here are three great mystery series for those of you who are just starting to read books which are a little longer than the basic early reader. 

Nate the Great  [Book One]

Nate the Great solves the mystery of the missing picture.

Folk and Fairy Tales Taken To The Next Level.

 The books that I've included this week are fractured fairytales. In these stories, the authors has taken the traditional folk and fairy tales that we love, and added their creative  spin to the story.  I have used many of these books in my storytimes and they are always a hit with children. 

Magical Motor Skills - The Mind Body Connection

In last week’s blog, we discussed the importance of getting outside and enjoying nature.  This week’s book list focuses on how parents can create fun activities which will help develop your child's gross and fine motor skills. Many medical and educational experts agree that motor skills support the development of connections between the left hemisphere and right hemisphere of the brain.  I hope that you and your child enjoys the suggested activities in these books. 

 

 

Embracing Nature

Confucius wrote, "“Everything has beauty but not everyone sees it.” 

CD Playlist for Families

 

 

 

 

Summer is almost here, and I realize that many of you will be planning a "road trip."  In my world, there is only thing more important than the GPS and that is my music list.  Here is a list of tunes that both you and your children will enjoy.  

 

Let's Eat!

Getting children to eat healthy is not always an easy task; so here are a few books and resources that will make this topic a bit easier to swallow, for both children and parents.  

Too Pickey! Jean Reidy

A Mother's Love Can Be No Greater

I hope that everyone has a beautiful Mother's Day.

Here are a few books that you might enjoy reading this weekend.

Encourage Learning with Wordless Picture Books

 

Parents often ask me what they can do to support language development.  Of course, my immediate response is that they should read with their child.  It does not matter if your child is an infant or a student in elementary school; they will greatly benefit from this one on one time.

The next thing that I recommend are wordless picture books. I understand that this idea may seem strange to you.  So, I would like to explain why. Words are not the only way in which we communicate.  Our world is filled with visual images and the ability to understand and communicate using a visual medium is an important pre-reading skill.  

Syndicate content