Family Time: Tips to sharpen your child's reading skills
Tip of the Week
The end of summer vacation may be approaching, but there is still plenty of time for youth to read a few books to refresh their reading skills before starting school.
According to educators, summer reading is critical in continuing good academic performance and advancing literacy skills. Studies show that children who read several books during the summer maintain or surpass the reading skills they achieved during the previous school year. James Kim, an assistant education professor at Harvard University, claims students who read four or more books over the summer do better than those who didn't when they return to school in the fall.
If your child hasn't picked up a book or enough books this summer, there is still time to encourage them to do so. Suzanne Poole, TD Bank's executive vice president of retail sales strategy and distribution, offers these tips:
- Read stories with your child and ask questions about the stories.
- Let your child choose books about subjects in which they are interested.
- Set aside some time each day or week as reading time so it is a scheduled activity.
- Encourage your child to say words and phrases out loud.
- Practice sounding out words your child may have difficulty reading.
- Provide the word your child is struggling with so that he/she doesn't become frustrated and lose the enjoyment of the experience.
- Offer them incentive as motivation. Not in the sense that you are bribing them to read, but showing them that hard work offers rewards.
- Have fun!
Family Screening Room
“Scott Pilgrim vs. The World”
Rated: PG-13 (for stylized violence, sexual content, language and drug references)
Length: 112 minutes
Synopsis: Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) has to defeat his new girlfriend's seven evil ex-boyfriends. This film is based on the graphic novel by Bryan Lee O'Malley.
Violence/scary rating: 4
Sexual-content rating: 3
Profanity rating: 3
Drugs/alcohol rating: 2.5
Family Time rating: This comic-book movie is OK for most teens; there have much worse PG-13 films in recent years.
(Ratings are judged on a five-point scale, with 5 being “bad for kids” and 1 being “fine for kids.”)
“Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life, Volume 1,” by Bryan Lee O'Malley
Ages: 12 and older
Synopsis: (This is the graphic novel the movie is based on.) Scott Pilgrim's life is totally sweet. He's 23 years old, he's in a rock band, he's "between jobs" and he's dating a cute high school girl. Nothing could possibly go wrong, unless a seriously mind-blowing, dangerously fashionable, rollerblading delivery girl named Ramona Flowers starts cruising through his dreams and sailing by him at parties. Will Scott's awesome life get turned upside-down? Will he have to face Ramona's seven evil ex-boyfriends in battle? The short answer is yes.
Did You Know
According to a study presented at the Convention of the American Psychological Association, parents who have problem children – even when the children are grown-ups – have more mental-health problems than parents of non-problem children.
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