Reading out loud to your child is one of the best things you can do in preparation for school and to help him or her develop a love of learning and strong language skills. If your baby is 6 months old or younger, you can boost the benefits of reading out loud to Bub by choosing black and white baby books as young babies and newborns respond best to high-contrast black and white images.
Buying your first pram or stroller can be daunting because you just don’t know what features you might want or need. In this post, I’ll help you learn the key things to look out for when shopping for your first pram and help you make that all-important buying decision even when you haven’t got much, or any, experience to rely on.
I’ve broken this post down into subsections so you can easily find what you’re looking for but I recommend you start at the beginning and then just skip sections that aren’t relevant to you. I say this because I’ve structured the article with the really key decision points up front. If you don’t make those decisions first, you may end up choosing a pram or narrowing down your choices to models that actually don’t meet your needs.
The terms pram and stroller are so often misunderstood that choosing between the two can become really difficult. And when you just want to get the right mode of transport for your family, this is a difficulty you just don’t need. So, today I’m sharing everything you need to know in order to decide whether you’re going to get a pram, stroller or both for your family.
After talking to some other mothers on Facebook one day, I became interested in learning about the shared reading practices of Australian families. I wanted to know who reads out loud to Aussie kids, how long our children are being read out loud to, whether shared reading is decreasing and what would encourage families to do more shared reading. I found some data but not a great deal and there were some issues with some of what I did find so I decided to do my own little study and publish the results on my blog so that others could learn from it.
In a survey I recently conducted, one of the most common reasons why parents and carers didn’t read out loud to their children more was because either they or their children didn’t have enough time. Given how important it is to read out loud to children, I thought I’d share some tips on how to build more shared reading into your daily routine.
When you go to pretty much any baby shop, you’ll find a wide selection of toys and nursery goods. Most of these will be either brightly coloured or styled according to the latest trends in pastel colours for babies. What you usually won’t find is a large variety of black and white baby gear. The thing is though, black and white is best for newborn sight and here’s some proof.
A survey by Scholastic (Australian Kids and Family Reading Report) found that 20% of parents stopped reading to their children before they turned nine. Yet 36% of children aged 6-11 whose parents had stopped reading to them wished their parents hadn’t stopped.
In a recent post, I talked about the many benefits of reading out loud to your child (or a child you care for). Many parents and carers wonder though when they should start reading to their young charges. The short answer is as soon as possible after birth, if not before. Read on to learn enough to decide when you will start reading to the little one in your life.
Reading out loud is one of the best things you can do for your child (or any child you care for). Regularly sharing stories with your child is critical for helping him/her to develop strong literacy skills, a good vocabulary and a lively imagination (Melbourne Child Psychology & School Psychology Services). I think you’ll agree that most of us expect these sorts of benefits from reading but there are a wide variety of other benefits that are more unexpected, such as social-emotional skills. If you need some motivation to make reading out loud to your child a regular event, check out the benefits below.