How To Find the Right Books for Your Kids

How To Find the Right Books for Your Kids

How To Find the Right Books for Your kids

How to find the right books for your kids can be challenging. Getting your child to read is important. Whether  they happen to already love reading or need a nudge in the right direction, a lot still hinges upon your ability to choose the right book for them to read. There are a few things that parents can consider when choosing an appropriate book for their child.

Why Are They Reading?

Is your child reading for fun? Are they looking to learn a new skill or about a new subject? Are they dealing with a difficult challenge right now? Do they have a book report due? These are all important things to consider when choosing an appropriate book. A fun fiction story can be great for bedtime or for a book report, but if your child is interested in a specific topic then finding a book on that subject, is a better choice.

Are They Interested?

Interest can be gauged by looking at their reason for reading, as well as a few other things. Finding a book on a relevant topic or in a genre of interest is a good place to start. You’ll also want to consider things like the cover design, the chapter titles, or any illustrations if present. If your child happens to be interested in a specific thing, like horses for example, you can find books on that topic. In addition to just nature books about horses, you can also consider fiction books that feature horses, farm related books, books about horse riding, and more.

Be creative and unique. Getting personalized children’s books can also help with their interests. In going with the example above, getting a personalized book about farm animals can truly spark their interest. A personalized book makes the child the main character, coupled with their interest in a specific topic, will make for a pleasurable reading experience.

Is It at Their Reading Level?

It’s also vital to make sure that the book you choose is in line with your child’s reading skills. Some kids’ books, especially in libraries, have a label that outlines what reading level or grade they are appropriate for. If that is not the case, your child can simply open up the book and glance at a few pages to get an idea of whether they are able to comprehend the book on their own.

One way to determine this is to use the “Five Finger Rule“, which is a basic outline of how many words a reader should be able to read (and can learn) on each page:
•    0-1 unknown words = book is too easy
•    2-3 unknown words = book is just right
•    4-5 unknown words = book is too difficult

Fun Fit Tips for the Family

Fun Fit Tips for the Family

Fit Tips for the Family

Fit Tips for the Family – Just as it’s important for families to eat healthy together, it helps for families to stay fit together, too. Making it a family activity makes it fun and allows for bonding. However, much like regular family dinners it can help kids develop healthy lifestyle habits, that will continue for the rest of their lives.

As hyperactive as kids can be, they do spend a lot of time strapped in car seats or high chairs, or sitting in front of the TV. Studies have shown that habits like these can lead to a sedentary lifestyle later in life while also increasing chances of obesity as well. Give kids an opportunity to properly hone and exercise their emerging motor skills. By staying active and strengthening their lungs and muscles in any one of these family-fun ways.

Take a Walk

Taking walks sounds simple enough, but working it into your day can work wonders for overall health. If you have a dog, going for routine walks with your child in tow can help them bond with their pet as well as get some exercise in. Whether you have a dog or not, incorporating pre or post-dinner walks with the family is also an easy way to work walking into your everyday schedule – plus it helps with digestion!

Get Up During Commercials

This is a practice that is fast becoming a trend with adults who find little time to exercise, but want to relax and unwind after a long day of work. Commercial breaks allow you to get in as many activities before the show comes back on.

Whether you challenge each other to jumping jacks or pushups, or even if you simply take a little walk around the house, using commercial breaks to get up and get moving can help your whole family feel like less of a bunch of couch potatoes.

Get Moving on Game Night

Game night is a great way to get your family together and spend some quality time. However swapping the board games for sports games can help shake things up as well as get you all moving. Playing in the yard, a park, or play out fun active games like charades, can be loads of fun and something different for a change.

Workout Together

Exercising with your kids can create bonding time and build up self-confidence with kids. When kids see their parents working out, they will want to get in on the action too. It’s a great example to set for them and helps them realize that taking care of your body to keep it healthy and in shape is important.

Mainly because it’s an opportunity to introduce a little fitness to the kids while giving them a chance to have fun with exercise. It’s also very important to show them good form with certain exercises, because learning to do it right is just as important as doing it at all.

Ways to Get Kids Reading Over the Summer

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As one of the most versatile skills a kid can have, reading often gets forgotten once summer starts. But reading over the summer can help your child stay at their current reading level and even get better. Reading can be fun and informative, and that should be emphasized when encouraging kids to read over the summer months. Here are some ways you can keep your kids reading while keeping it fun and interesting over the break.

Visit Your Local Library

Many schools and local libraries put out their own summer reading lists. Some also offer copies of books for kids to take without a set deadline or due date to return. Depending on your child’s school or what grade they’re in, they may receive a list of suggested books per age range. This can be a great starting point for finding books that your child can read over the summer, especially if choosing a book takes up a lot of time.

Libraries might offer workshops or activities surrounding summer reading, which can be especially helpful for kids who want to spend more time being active and social over the summer. Not only can libraries provide the books your child can read and engage with, but they may have other books (and other activities) that they may be interested in as well.

Shake It Up

Reading lists can sound a lot like homework, especially for kids who have required reading lists to get through. However, if you spin it into more of a game it may help. Treat your kids’ reading list like a quest in a video game – if they read as many books as they can, they get a prize. Think of something small but rewarding, and it could make the entire summer reading list worthwhile.

Reading personalized books making children the star of their very own story can intrigue kids. These books build self-esteem and promote literacy all while making reading fun. From popular characters they know and love, to celebrating their birthday and other milestones, there are many books to choose from at KD Novelties.

Start a Summer Book Club

Most book clubs are found at your child’s school or local library. If none exist, you can start one by getting together with other parents to set one up. Making a weekly get-together can make summer reading more interesting.

However, book clubs can include more than just discussions. Organize games, plays and other activities inspired by the books you’re reading. Set up a movie night where you watch the film adaptation or go on themed field trips. Alternatively, finding books with movies or related activities and field trips can be useful for kids reading on their own as well.

Consider Alternatives

Though kids should be actively reading, sprinkling in audiobooks can be helpful too, especially if your child has a required reading list. Audiobooks can be just as engaging, especially if the narrator does voices or really gets into acting out the dialogue, and it can also help kids exercise their listening and comprehension skills, too.