Blog 2017-11-02T11:22:46+00:00

Holiday Children’s Book Recommendations

As the weather gets cooler and days become shorter, the holiday season is upon us. It's the perfect time to spend with family and friends, give back to others, and spread happiness and cheer to all. The following holiday children's book recommendations will allow everybody to get into the holiday spirit. The Night Tree by Eve Bunting Every year, a family visits their favorite tree in a forest to decorate with unique and whimsical decorations. They dress it with fruit, popcorn, and seeds to make it beautiful while also feeding the animals that live in the forest.  The growth of the tree mirrors the growth of the family, and they never leave the tree without hugging it first. Bunting's beautifully

November 21st, 2017|

Why Reading Longer Is Better

It is common knowledge that developing strong reading habits early in life is good for children. But what specific advantages does reading longer every day bring with it? There is growing evidence that supports that reading comprehension is not only a vital step in helping children develop a better memory and vocabulary, but also acquire the soft skills needed to navigate social and professional situations in their adult lives with ease. This infographic by Perry and Lecompton school district explains why reading longer is better for children. A child who read 20 minutes a day as opposed to 1 minute would have gone through 1.8 million words in a year while the latter would have read only 8,000. This

November 7th, 2017|

What It Means to Serve as a Volunteer

Volunteering encompasses more than simply helping others. It means dedicating your time to willingly help improve lives and support your community. It gives you a way to make a difference in the lives of others and in your own life. Here are a few important aspects of what it means to serve as a volunteer: You are improving your community Volunteering helps improve community quality and happiness. First and foremost, you are helping members of your community obtain experiences, skills, and benefits that they might not have had access to otherwise. Your help is imperative in making a change in their lives for the better. The more individuals there are volunteering in a community, the more that community will

October 4th, 2017|

Children’s Book Recommendations

When children read books and novels, they are doing more than simply developing their reading and writing skills. They are exercising and expanding their minds, developing their creativity and imagination, and are learning important life lessons. Here are some children’s book recommendations for their entertainment and to help children learn and grow. Picture Books  Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak This whimsical novel is about a young boy who escapes into a world of magical creatures after misbehaving at home and being sent to bed without dinner. He is upset with his parents and decides to live among the “Wild Things,” but soon returns home when he begins to feel lonely, only to be surprised by a hot

September 25th, 2017|

Ways to Prepare Children for Back to School

After a fun summer spent in the swimming pool and sleeping in on lazy days, it can often be a difficult transition for children when they head back to the classroom. Children can have a lack of motivation to get back to school and work hard on their studies. Here are a few important steps to take when you want to help a child prepare for the coming school year: 1. Purchase Supplies Make it a point to spend time shopping for supplies to get children excited about the first day. Choose a backpack that features their favorite cartoon or superhero, along with clothing that they'll look forward to wearing. With a new bag, pencil box, and writing utensils,

August 1st, 2017|

How Early Childhood Reading Helps Prepare Kids For School

We all want the children in our society to succeed and grow in their knowledge. One of the most important ways to facilitate this eventual success is to encourage these children to read. More and more research has shown how crucial early childhood reading and literacy is to both a child's academic career and to their achievements in life in general. Children learn at a significantly faster pace during the first six years of their lives than they do during any other time; this part of childhood must be taken advantage of to ensure that a child is able to learn as much as possible. Reading with children helps to develop their brains and strengthen their neurological connections, helping

July 26th, 2017|