In his book, OUTLIERS, Malcom Gladwell states that one becomes an expert in something only after practicing about 10,000 hours. That comes to almost 417, 24-hour days of practice!
How many hours did your child practice reading over the summer? Many children only have enough unscheduled time during the summer months of vacation to read for hours at a time. This is when the magic begins to happen. And now it is September.
Kids get to be better readers by READING!
School has started again, and many children get practice reading during school hours. But, what can you do at home, to encourage and model the fun of reading and writing?
*Go to the library often, and let your child choose what he or she is interested in. These visits can provide a great variety of books and music for the whole family.
*Keep books, magazines and games out and around, where your child can use them.
*Also keep lots of crayons, markers, pencils and paper around so your child can draw and write. When your child draws, ask him to tell you about the picture.
* Have a quiet time in the evening, where everybody reads. Never underestimate the power of imagination, so choose TV, videos and computer games wisely and in moderation.
The countdown to becoming an expert in reading begins now!
On your way…
-Carla E. @ Naper Blvd. Library
School’s in session!
Sometimes you can actually hear that collective cheer from parents on the first day of school. I was not one of those parents but I did know how to appreciate some quality alone time or “me time” and I still do enjoy it. There is a never ending list of things that can fill your day and perhaps we can help you out with some of your chores. No, we do not dust or do windows but we can share some of our ideas with you. The Library now has a Pinterest account and we have begun creating some wonderful boards with resources for everyone.
One chore we can assist with is mealtime. Now that the children are back in school, packing lunches becomes a morning chore… perhaps even before you have that first cup of coffee! Gasp! Check out our Kid’s Cuisine board for brown bag ideas and some fun after school snacks.
We also have boards for costumes ideas, science experiments, and cool things to make. Need some suggestions for books? No problem we have a number of boards dedicated to helping you find something good to read. And we’ll be adding more content and new boards as time allows.
New in town? Check out our Staycation board for some great ideas on getting to know Naperville and the surrounding community.
Here’s a common scenario in many homes with school age kids. So it’s Saturday morning and you find out from your child that they have some serious homework to be done and that they have left their textbook in their desk or locker at school. Well, I’d like to share a little secret with you…Naperville Public Library has a copy of each Naperville School District 203 textbook! These titles are provided by Naperville School District 203 and cannot be checked out by patrons. You can make copies of pages to take home with you or you can find a quiet area and finish the homework during your visit with us. We should have a copy of each textbook from grade K through grade 12. I wish I would have known about this little nugget of information when my sons were in school.
I hoped I have helped you out today and provided you with some helpful inside information. Remember you can text, email, visit, or call us. We are always happy to help you.
By the way, our regular storytimes begin on September 4th at all three of our buildings and we look forward to seeing you soon.
Are you the mystery reader for your child’s classroom? We have some old favorites, and some new favorites, that would be hits in any K-2 classroom!
This could be you!
TOO MANY FROGS by Ann and John Hassett (Where do you put 10, 50, or a million frogs?)
IF A MONKEY JUMPS ONTO YOUR SCHOOL BUS by Jean M. Cochran (Zoo animals add fun and confusion when they are set loose on a town).
GILBERT GOLDFISH WANTS A PET by Kelly Dipucchio (Gilbert Goldfish has everything except a pet of his own!)
HUNGRY HEN by Richard Waring (A greedy fox watches a hungry hen growing bigger every day and suffers for his appetite).
BARK, GEORGE by Jules Feiffer (George is a puppy who does not sound like a puppy should!)
WHEN DINOSAURS CAME WITH EVERYTHING by Elise Broach (A little boy is delighted when every store he visits gives away a HUGE surprise!)
BEDTIME AT THE SWAMP by Kristyn Crow (The scary monster in the swamp is a real surprise).
For more great suggestions, ask one of us in the Childrens Department. We would love to help!