Benefits of Personalized Children’s Books

Kids Reading Personalized Children's Books
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Personalized Children’s Books

Books are integral to a child’s relationship with reading. It is highly recommended that books and other reading material be a present part of a child’s life. This will help the child form a personal relationship with books and reading. This can apply to any kind of reading material, whether it be kids’ books, magazines, or otherwise. For children, it does help to have their own little library. Having books on hand makes them easily accessible while also giving them some options. However, not all books are created equally. In addition to any other book you can buy for a child, there are also personalized children’s books. Like any other book, personalized books can help kids develop a personal relationship with reading. However, these books are unique in that they can provide loads of benefits vs traditional books.

Developing an Interest in Reading

Personalized children’s books are great options for parents of reluctant readers. Whereby making the story about them, books can suddenly become much more interesting and pique their interest. As kids read more, they will learn to sympathize with the main characters of the stories they read. Personalized books make for a great introduction to develop an interest in reading.

Boosting Self-Esteem

Books where your child is the star can help boost their confidence in plenty of ways. It makes them the hero of their very own story, saving the day. It allows kids to see themselves interact with their favorite characters while they go on timeless adventures. Personalized children’s books can also help kids self-actualize. Especially if the focus of the book is to overcome a challenge they may be facing in their daily lives. For example like starting school or learning to potty train.

Benefits of Interactive Reading

By having your child act as the star of the very story they’re reading, there are more chances that your child will develop other reading and verbal skills as well. Studies have shown that kids are more likely to volunteer spontaneous speech while reading personalized books. They are more likely to speak for longer periods of time, too. By putting them in the story, kids’ brains may be more active and attentive to the details of the story, encouraging them to think more critically. Studies have also shown that kids introduced to new words in a personalized book were more likely to learn those words quicker than from non-personalized books.

Amazing Keepsakes

As kids get older, they may want to swap out their kiddie books for something more at their reading level, but personalized books make for great memories no matter how old your child is. Creating a personalized book for a specific holiday or a birthday can make a great gift, and they can also make a great pick me up if kids are going through a tough time. Personalized children’s books can be great keepsakes even when your child increases their reading level and they can continue to be fun to return to as time passes.

Fast Favorites

Studies have also shown that personalized books are more likely to become a child’s favorite, so you may find that they ask for them more frequently than other books at story time. They can be comforting to revisit, but the repetition can also help with word recognition and retention as well.

Helping Kids Learn to Write

Helping Kids Learn to Write

Helping Kids Learn to Write

Writing is a valuable skill. Though formal letter writing on paper has died out, correspondence via email and other mediums is just as strong as ever. Helping kids learn to write well, or at least convey a thought or idea effectively, is necessary no matter what your profession.

For kids, learning to write well can be incredibly useful in their academic career. Especially since they will surely have to write papers and complete their homework effectively. However, writing can also lead to a hobby as well as increase their reading skills.

As we all know reading and writing are intrinsically linked. Being able to read well and understand concepts can help kids become better and more effective writers, and vice versa. With young kids, it helps to start small and simple, just like you would with reading. Here are some practical tips parents and guardians can try to get their kids into writing and make them better writers.

The Right Instruments

Just like how introducing babies to cardboard or fabric books can get kids acquainted with books as objects, picking out big, fun writing instruments can have the same effect.  You’ll first want to get kids acquainted with writing out or tracing letters. Safe options for younger children can include big pieces of chalk to draw with on the sidewalk or board. You can even get a little messy with paintbrushes or finger paints. Making this fun can be a great introduction to writing.

Start Small

Once your child has gotten the grasp of writing, they can move onto other writing tools. Golf pencils (smaller and easier to grip for small hands) or crayons are a great beginning. These tools are generally easier for kids to work with while they get used to the act of writing.

Personalized Activity Books

Getting the Hang of Things

As kids learn how to write out full sentences, they may need practice keeping their letters uniform and their spaces between words consistent. There are special kinds of paper that have traceable letters and other helpful tools such as personalized activity books for kids to get used to. To help with spaces between letters, they can use stamps, their fingers, or even colored crayons they aren’t using to act as placeholders while they write.

Becoming Better Writers

As kids get older, their homework may include instructions for providing long-form answers whether they be a single sentence to a paragraph. When kids are at this age or writing level, it helps to boost their communication skills. Encourage them to keep a journal or to write their own stories. This can help them develop effective communication skills via writing, and they can get used to expressing their thoughts, feelings, and ideas through written words.

How to Deal with Reading Comprehension Challenges

Reading Comprehension Difficulty

Reading Comprehension Difficulty

What is Reading Comprehension

Reading isn’t just about recognizing words and spelling them out, it involves understanding the words and the overall message, too. Kids can understand the process of reading, but can still experience reading comprehension difficulty, that is, understanding what it is they just read once they’re finished.

Reading comprehension is a huge part of reading and it plays an intrinsic role in a child’s academic life, too. Reading comprehension is important in all subjects, not just Language Arts.

Understanding text is vital for subjects like history, math and science. With textbooks, homework handouts, and more, it is important that children are not only able to read but are able to understand what it is they are reading.

How to Handle Reading Comprehension Difficulties

One way to help kids engage with what they are reading is to ask questions. When reading to your child as well as with them, ask them a question or two before turning the page. See what they think about the story and the characters.

If they have difficulty answering the question, more work may need to be done, but some kids may be encouraged to pay more attention while reading if you actively ask them questions.

Sometimes, kids may not be able to answer questions right away because they are not used to thinking critically, especially if most of their brain power is being used to identify words and sound out letters. But as kids become better readers, answering these sorts of questions should become easier, and eventually second nature. If your child still exhibits difficulty doing so, then you may need to get some help.

Some signs that children are struggling with reading comprehension skills include:

  • Difficulty recognizing letters or matching letters to sounds
  • Difficulty pronouncing words
  • Small vocabulary for their age range
  • Difficulty making or identifying rhymes
  • Poor grasp of spelling
  • Difficulty recalling facts or numbers
  • Reverses letters
  • Has difficulty following directions
  • Unable to summarize a story

Some children may have reading comprehension difficulties because of underlying learning disabilities like dyslexia, which can be helped if caught early on.

Other issues that may interfere with reading skills include ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder), APD (auditory processing disorder) or visual processing issues.

Making sure that kids get the guidance and support they need early on can better ensure that they will grow into better readers with time. Pay attention to what your child excels at or struggles with to learn more about what they may need to become better readers.