Listening is a treasured skill and can often be a forgotten skill if not practiced. Teaching children to listen and creating times when active listening happens can really help a reader’s mind grow.
“If you don’t use it… you lose it” is a phrase we’ve all heard before. If you're a baseball player perfecting your swing and you take the summer off without practicing, your batting average is bound to be affected. It’s the same with school. If you take the summer off, your academics will surely take a hit. As educators we refer to this as the “summer slide”.
How can I find a "just right" book? Is this book too hard for my child? Too easy?
As educators, we hear these questions from parents every year. All are great questions, but not all may be necessary when helping to select a book for your child.