Early on in my career, I attended a teacher’s workshop that brought to light research and statistics about the advantages pre-schoolers gain by being read to as toddlers. Long-term studies showed a strong correlation between reading to your child early, and performance in the area of literacy in later years. I also learned how significantly different these outcomes were for children whose parents had seldom exposed them to literature based activities while in their toddler years. Doing so may very well put a child at an academic advantage later on.
Articles written by: Laura Caprini and Sandra Weir Co-Founders of the Hudson Literacy Clinic
Homework-To Give Or Not To Give; That Is The Question
Now that school is in full swing and our kids are getting back into the old school routine, there is no question that many of you may be struggling with your child’s homework.
In our home, there are two distinct attitudes towards homework. My fourteen-year-old daughter is a self-starter, always on top of deadlines and due dates. She rarely, if ever, needs prodding when it comes to her school responsibilities. My son, on the other hand, needs copious amounts of coaxing and reminders to get his assignments done and his projects ready on time. My little boy is a great student, but an even greater procrastinator! Fortunately for all of us, his teacher (bless her heart) is quite reasonable where homework is concerned. Quick reinforcement assignments, daily reading practice in both English and French, and the odd project is all that she asks, which makes me a happy parent.