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duststormdiva 51F
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1/24/2006 9:40 pm

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Reading

Since my fathers death and my son moving out, my daughters and I have grown very close in many ways. We have bonded in ways that probably would not have happened if the boys were still around.

We have started doing things differently around here and one of the things that warms my heart and makes the teacher in my happy is that at bed time my girls curl up with a book and read till they are tired.

I never made my son read as much as I should have when he was younger, and to this day he hates to read. He is, however, a great reader and understands what he reads much quicker than I do.

My daughters love to read and hear stories. Since my fathers death my girls and I would curl up together as I read Junie B. Jones. Junie B. Jones books are very entertaining, and I truly enjoy them. My girls love them and we have grown close by sharing this special time. We have read just about every Junie B. Jones books published. So we have moved on to Judy Blume. I sit here as I type this blog and watch my daughter with her nose stuck into her new book. I just ordered six books for my other daughter. She loves Goosebumps stories.

I just love that my daughters read at bedtime. I don't mind when they stay up later than bedtime if they are reading. I stress to my students all the time how important reading is. I doubt that is a lesson my little ladies will have to learn from their teachers, because they learn it here at home.

In my careers class I am teaching my students the importance of communication. Not just verbal, but written communication as well. I have them read articles from Newsweek and relay them to me, not only in written form, but verbally. One of the toughest lessons I have had to teach them is how to listen. We all hear and we all remember parts of what we hear, but do we fully understand what is being said? One of their assignments I had them do for three days in a row was to listen to the news and tell me what they learned when they return to school the next day. The first day they reported on what they heard on the news was sketchy and they didn’t have the full answers to my questions. Giving them a few tips, my students learned how to listen to what they heard and fully report on it leaving me with few questions to ask about the happenings of the world.

Comparing my students to my daughters, I see that my youngest can tell a story verbatim as she heard it. That is a talent few grasp onto. My youngest is nine. Not only does she repeat it verbatim, but she understands it. My oldest daughter, 12, may not be able to repeat it verbatim, but she understands the main point and can relay it in a way that most can understand.

I never thought I was much of a reader, and I have never enjoyed reading, but realized that chatting is a form of reading and blogging has helped me enjoy the grueling task of reading.

Blog on dear bloggers. Reading is so important.

Inspirational thought:

Reading aloud to children teaches vocabulary in one of the most natural ways possible. Most of the questions come from them rather than the teacher. Words that are puzzling can be quickly explained in the context of the story.

Frank B. May



DustStormDiva



dasher121 36M

1/25/2006 4:44 am

Great post and reflections of family. Your admiration and love to your children shows through very strongly. Connections and pride of family is a powerful thing. Something that comes deep and that should be cherished. Great post and quote, very much enjoyed reading this.


duststormdiva 51F
6854 posts
1/25/2006 5:30 am

    Quoting dasher121:
    Great post and reflections of family. Your admiration and love to your children shows through very strongly. Connections and pride of family is a powerful thing. Something that comes deep and that should be cherished. Great post and quote, very much enjoyed reading this.
My children are my world. We have always been strong as a family, but the bond with my girls is greater now that we are alone.

I cherish my children immensely.

Thanks for stopping by.

DustStormDiva


kyplowboy22 61M

1/25/2006 6:21 am

* A man who doesn't read is no better off than the man who can't * Unknown.

kpb


Sorceror07 54M

1/25/2006 7:53 am

i was an avid reader when i was young... i read a few hundred books a year... mostly sci fi and action, still, it was reading though

...That which does not kill me merely pisses me off!...


MyRealLoverOne 45M

1/25/2006 10:11 am

Bless you my dear one!

Mommies Rock!!!

RL~


duststormdiva 51F
6854 posts
1/25/2006 4:25 pm

    Quoting kyplowboy22:
    * A man who doesn't read is no better off than the man who can't * Unknown.

    kpb
That's an awesome quote. Perhaps I'll use it in my classes.

DustStormDiva


duststormdiva 51F
6854 posts
1/25/2006 4:26 pm

    Quoting Sorceror07:
    i was an avid reader when i was young... i read a few hundred books a year... mostly sci fi and action, still, it was reading though
I agree. At least blogging is reading. And blogging is writing.

DustStormDiva


duststormdiva 51F
6854 posts
1/25/2006 4:27 pm

Thanks, love!

DustStormDiva


duststormdiva 51F
6854 posts
1/25/2006 4:29 pm

    Quoting BigGirlzRSweet:
    That final quote is a dandy one! But vocabulary building and language development starts at BIRTH with parents talking to their children about anything and everything. Just narrating what you're doing helps. It's the best thing a parent can do for a child to give them the best educational outcomes possible.

    Teaching kindergarten has me concerned about children on so many levels, but one of the things that's struck me is that the kids I teach have never heard familiar nursery rhymes that many of us have heard as children. They don't know little songs that kids know in childhood. And that sets them back a lot when it comes to school.

    Thanks for the post, Dusty... it was a good one! From one teacher to another, that is... LOL.
Sometimes I feel guilty, because my kids will learn a new song and when they sing it to me, I join in. My youngest will ask, "Mommy! How do YOU know this song?" I tell her, "Honey I knew that song way before you were born!" Even though I sing with my kids a lot, I guess I have over looked a song or two.

DustStormDiva


goldinboy2 59M

1/25/2006 6:09 pm

Reading, the gateway to salvation,inteligance and humanity. I love story time.


duststormdiva 51F
6854 posts
1/25/2006 7:02 pm

    Quoting goldinboy2:
    Reading, the gateway to salvation,inteligance and humanity. I love story time.
Good! It's YOUR turn to read!

DustStormDiva


Sorceror07 54M

1/25/2006 9:32 pm

sorry to interrupt, we have an emergency situation Something UGLY here in blogville... and TheLilFondler needs our help! please go to TheLilFondler 's blog and show your support... she's being harrassed and stalked and needs EVERYONE's help, now!

...That which does not kill me merely pisses me off!...


duststormdiva 51F
6854 posts
2/2/2006 5:49 am

I went, but don't know how to offer support, because all of his comments were deleted by the time I got there.

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