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Write Your Own Holiday Storybook

When it comes to keeping kids alert and on top of their education and learning, it may be a bit of a hassle to get kids interested in anything other than the presents they received, holiday traditions, or other related activities. If parents are having a hard time keeping kids focused on their learning, there are ways to redirect their excitement by using their imagination as well as their creativity.

Kids’ imaginations run wild.  If parents are looking for a way to exercise their kids’ brains, they can ask them to write a book, story, comic book, or other medium depicting their perfect holiday or about what they experienced on Christmas or Hanukkah. This can be a great arts and crafts activity that kids can create on their own, with friends and siblings, or even with the help of their parents, grandparents and other family members. Have them draw, color, cut out shapes, craft collages, write short stories and descriptions and let their imaginations take them to exciting new places and possibilities. They can create a series of pictures, a holiday storybook or craft ornaments that collectively tell a story. Kids will be applying a variety of skills to create something fun and imaginative.
 

Not only will this help kids exercise their reading comprehension, writing, critical thinking and creative skills, but it can also serve as a memento for years and years to come for the whole family. Keep the trinket out all year round or make it a holiday tradition to read around the same time every year. This can serve as a great way for kids to apply their creative and critical thinking juices while also allowing them to create a wonderful family memory that will last for many holidays, and may one day be something that they can share with their future children.

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Home School? Personalize Your Child’s Experience.

The choice to homeschool a child opens a wealth of opportunity. Unlike other schooling methods, homeschooling allows children to learn at their own pace. The freedom to give children the attention and help that they need helps them develop individually and dynamically. However, taking on the task of homeschooling your child is a demanding one. Not only are you a parent, but you are also a teacher, and taking on both roles can sometimes be challenging. Finding material that is suitable for your child’s educational needs can also be challenging, but personalized books can help.

Personalize the Homeschool Experience
Homeschooling lends to the notion of personalized education. As a parent and teacher, you are able to give your child the attention they need in order to gauge where their needs are, to properly address what topics or ideas they are struggling with, and to provide them with the guidance that they need. Personalized books are a great tool for parents who choose to homeschool their children. Our personalized books can help do a number of things. For kids who are reluctant to read, they may be more enticed to read a story that they star in, which is a great way to introduce kids to reading. Additionally, if kids are having a hard time with a subject or obstacle, whether educational or otherwise, a personalized book on the subject can help kids self-actualize and overcome the situation.

Personalized books help build kids’ imaginations. These personalized stories encourage kids to imagine themselves in the situations painted by the stories they are reading. This not only helps build creative skills, but also helps them imagine theoretical situations. This skill is vital in all realms of education. The better kids are at imagining things, the better they are at visualizing word problems, processing ideas and stories from non-fiction and fiction books, and helping them plan for their own future.


Personalized books also help boost self-confidence. As kids read stories about themselves, having adventures and learning new things, the more likely they are to believe that they can do those things in real life, too - and they can!


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Are Your Kids Going to Fall Behind this Summer?

Kids are excited for the summer months, and chances are, you are as well. Barbecues, vacations and family outings are abound during this downtime and that can mean a lot of fun for the entire family. But that may also mean downtime from education and from reading. Since kids are not in school, they may not be prompted to read as much. Whether it is because they are too tempted to play outdoors, or because they don’t want to feel like they are in school, it is still important as a parent to make sure that kids continue to read.
Two months may not seem like a long time, but it absolutely is for kids. Their minds are constantly developing, absorbing information from the world around them and assimilating what they know and experience into usable knowledge. It is vital that kids continue to read over the summer in order to retain and increase their reading level come the following school year. Your kids may want to play outside more, but there are ways to entice kids to read that makes them forget they are even reading.
The first thing you have to do is make the reading feel less like work. Kids who like to read for recreation have shown to have a significantly higher love of learning. This keenness to read also helps kids understand new concepts they learn in school and as they get older. If your child feels that reading is like “school work” then you can show them how fun reading really is by getting them their very own personalized story. Our personalized books for kids make each child the STAR of their very own story.
Plan family outings that are educational as well as fun. Visit historical landmarks, telling your children what they may find there and what happened. Have them read the historical plaques out loud and ask them what they think happened and why. Visit the museum and do the same. Making a day trip out of it can make learning seem more like fun than work.  Engage your kids in reading and critical thinking skills by asking them fun questions about what they did and learned on vacation.
Reading to them nightly can also be a great help. Have them read along and ask them questions about the story or each chapter before saying good night. This makes the act of reading not only a shared experience, but it seems more fun when they are being read to. Ask them to read parts to you. Asking them to answer questions about the story and about what parts they liked and didn’t like help their listening and reading comprehension skills, keeping it sharp for when school starts again.

Even engaging in arts and crafts activities can help keep kids engaged. A hands-on activity with an end goal in mind helps keep kids’ minds working and thinking. Ask them to write poems or blurbs about what they made and why. You can also have them write stories, whether they are about their vacations, what they did that day, or a story they made up entirely on their own. Writing skills are linked directly with reading and require an active imagination as well. Make learning and reading fun by crafting interactive things for your kids to do. It will not only keep them up to speed for the following school year, but it will also keep their summer days full and fun.

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