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KJ's Reader Getaways

So I think most of you know that my name is Katie Jane.  And that I like books.  I also like to talk about books.  And, when I go into the schools, I'm always having teachers and parents say they'd love to sit down and talk books with me somewhere that isn't school.  I have good news!  I'm taking my show on the road!

I'm launching a new outreach initiative for adults who want to talk about kid lit.  KJ's Reader Getaways will take place once a month.  The day of the week and the time of day will change, in order to fit into a variety of people's schedules.  The location will also change.  I'll be stopping by a variety of local eateries all over our great city.  I'll buy a tasty treat, sit down, and talk about books.  Which ones will I talk about?  Whatever everyone else is interested in discussing!  The first one is fast approaching, so mark your calendar!  I'll go ahead and give you a sneak peek for the other fall Getaway, too.  Click on this link to access a printable flyer complete with addresses.

KJ's Reader Getaway - I Scream for Ice Cream and Books!
Friday, October 11, 2019 at 4 p.m.
The Whole Scoop

KJ's Reader Getaway - Wild About Books
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 4 p.m.
Wild Roast Cafe

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8 Ways Parents Discourage Their Kids from Reading

Are you thinking you've surely misread the title of this blog?  That there's no way in the world you or any other parents would ever discourage their kid from reading?  I'm afraid it happens, often without you even knowing it!  Have you ever accidentally done one of these things to discourage YOUR child?

1. Having the wrong books
It’s highly unlikely your children will read unless they have access to books at their reading level and books about things in which they are interested.

2. Having limited access to books
Borrow lots of books from the library. Not just one or two books — borrow thirty. Flood your house with books. Then leave them in different rooms and piles so they’re easily accessible.

3. Only reading aloud to our littles
Research shows that reading aloud to kids is the best thing you can do to improve their literacy skills, not to mention that it motivates them to read on their own. Plus, you’ll get the opportunity to read amazing chapter books that can inspire discussion and bonding.

4. Not letting them choose their books
Kids want to read books that they get to pick out themselves. That’s not to say you can’t advise on picking a good book, show them how to pick a just-right book, or even model reading the back cover or jacket flap of a book — but being able to actually choose the book themselves predisposes them to want to read that book.

5. Offering nonsense early reader books
Many early readers are asked to read easy phonics books that are mind-numbingly boring. Boring because these books have no plot thread whatsoever. So the kid sits and strings words together, missing the whole point of reading: the narrative and exposition. Not only that, the child becomes uninterested and frustrated. So try to find easy readers that actually make sense.

6. Making reading punitive
We don’t want reading to become something dreadful. We want reading to be lovely and fun and rainbows and unicorns. Consider how you can reward for reading, not punish.

7. Not reading yourself
Your kids are watching your every move. Plus they copy you. So they need to see you reading regularly.

8. Not having any time to read
What is your daily schedule like? It’s critical that kids have unscheduled time every day for reading as well as relaxing.

[excerpted from Melissa Taylor's Brightly article]

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Practical Parenting: Be Social Media Smart

Parenting is hard.  Always has been.  Always will be.  But modern parents are facing challenges past generations didn't have to face . . . because they didn't exist yet.  Like social media.  You can learn how to be Social Media Smart at our next Practical Parenting on Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 3 p.m.  There are benefits of social media but also evidence of emotional and behavioral side effects. As a parent, what should you know and what should you consider doing about it?  Dale Wisely, Ph.D. will help you think it through.  Dr. Wisely is Director of Family Life at Prince of Peace Catholic Church & School. Prior to joining Prince of Peace, he was Director of Student Services at Mountain Brook Schools for 12 years, where he continues to serve as a consultant. He has been a child and adolescent clinical psychologist for 37 years.  There is no registration required for this event.  Simply follow the stars through the Kid Zone to the Youth Program Room.

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