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It's a good week for reading!
February 26, 2010
Read Across America
This Week
Celebrate Steinbeck's 108th Birthday
Raising a Reader
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  Read Across America

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"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child."
Dr. Seussville

March 2 celebrates the Read Across America Day.  It's a day for every child to read in the company of a caring adult. It also marks the birthday of Dr. Seuss and many schools and classrooms celebrate with fun Dr. Seuss activities.  Share some of these fun ideas with your child's classroom teacher or offer to put together a fun Seuss-themed activity or party!

We have some interesting book lists right here.  Some of my childhood favorites were The Black Stallion, Black Beauty, the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series, Anne of Green Gables, Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Jane Eyre, and Pride and Prejudice.  Nowadays I like contemporary mysteries and historical fiction.  Favorite authors are Anne Perry, Elizabeth George, Peter Tremayne and Dorothy Gilman.  I have friends who are crazy about science fiction, not I.  When my children were little we all liked the Babar stories.  What are your favorite books!?

Belonging to a book club for about 10 years has challenged me to read books I might not have selected on my own.  Our local libraries and bookstores offer a number of book clubs for both children and adults. 

It's going to rain today and tomorrow.  Time for books!!

Have a wonderful, family-filled weekend!

                                                                     Parmalee

 

  This Week

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What is Gifted?

 

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I was talking to a friend recently about my work on Examiner.com concerning gifted children. What is gifted? she asked. A very reasonable question, and one that no one has completely defined yet - to my satisfaction, at least.

 

I'm planning an article on Examiner.com about all the various definitions of "gifted," but here I can address my personal reasons for getting into all this in the first place! (If you want to know when I publish that article, or if you want to read my articles in general, click on "Subscribe" on either of my Examiner pages. You'll get e-mail whenever I publish anything, and I get paid a higher rate with more subscribers!)

 

There's the part of "gifted" that most people are familiar with: my son is a good example...>>>>>

 

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Jacket on = walk.
Keys rattle = walk.
Hand up fast = drop and stay.
Arm to chest = come
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She talks too!

 Celebrate Steinbeck's 108th Birthday

Steinbeck Birthday Celebration / Community "Pay What You Can" Day for Monterey County Residents

(Special Event Page Graphics) SteinbeckandCharley.jpg10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Celebrate John Steinbeck's 108th birthday. All activities are included with regular admission for non-residents.

"One" by Kathryn Otoshi Meet Kathryn Otoshi, founder of KO Kids Books and author/illustrator, who will sign her latest book, "One", (Hicklebee's Best Book of the Year), an anti-bullying book exploring tolerance and the power of one voice.

(Special Event Page Graphics) Wildthings.jpgWhere the Wild Things Are movie, Meet Daniel Jeannette, VFX Supervisor and Animation Director who has completed work with Warner Bros. and with director, Spike Jones, on Where the Wild Things, based on the book by Maurice Sendak.

More birthday celebration events. Also scheduled throughout the day are bilingual reading circles, an African dance and drumming workshop led by Abdoulaye Diallo a West African drummer, and performances by the Mission Park School Choir, conducted by Jimmy Rossi, the Alisal Center for the Fine Arts Folkloric Dance Company with Ramon Silva, and Red Pony Dance by SpectorDance under the direction of Fran Spector.

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  Raising a Reader

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How do you raise a child to be an enthusiastic and consistent reader? TV, videogames, computers, and other modern distractions sometimes make it difficult for children to focus on reading. Here are some strategies that the diligent parent can use to help motivate a child to read. Try them all -- what doesn't work one day may work well the next.

* Visit your local library often. Get your children their own library cards. Try a story hour or other free event at the library.

* Check out the local bookstore. A book or gift certificate always makes a terrific gift.

* At the library, let your child choose some of the books.

* Let your child see you reading, whether it's the newspaper, a magazine, or the latest bestseller.

* Encourage older children to read to their younger brothers and sisters. Or have the whole family set aside some time to read together!

* Show your child how people use reading all the time. Read aloud street and store signs, maps, billboards, menus, and labels on packages.

* Create a library for your child of new or used books. Look for affordable books at yard sales, secondhand book stores, and library book sales.

* Set up an area in your home where a variety of reading materials are within easy reach. Encourage writing by including paper, crayons, pens and pencils.

* Subscribe to a children's magazine. Read it with your child every month.

* Carry books to read to your child wherever you go - at the doctor's office, in line at the store, or on a long car ride. (You can also listen to stories on tape.)

* Encourage a love of words by playing rhyming and word games, singing silly songs, or writing poems and stories together.

* Talk about daily activities or tell stories about your family or culture to help children develop their language skills.

* Visit the Between the Lions web site (pbskids.org/lions) for more on children and reading.

 

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