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About cottonsinclair1

Janet Homes enjoys reading, writing, and poetry. In her spare time, she loves to write short stories for children. She also enjoys writing children's poetry. She received her BA degree from Queens College. She has 16 years experience working with children of all ages. She aspires to help children become better learners through reading. She is a mother and grandmother and lives in New York City.

Motivating your child to love reading

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Motivating your child to love reading

Cotton Sinclair loves to read.

When I was a child, I found reading to be boring.  Yes, boring.  It wasn’t because I had trouble reading.  I just couldn’t find the right books that kept my interest.

I remember my elementary school teacher giving me an adventure book to read, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, after reading the book, I was hooked. From that point on, I loved adventure books.   Of course, now I read all book genres. But as child, I only wanted to read adventure books.  Maybe, that is why I love to write adventure stories.

I also thought reading was a chore.  It  was something that I was required to do in school whether I liked it or not. My teacher choose the books for me to read. I had no motivation to read books on my own.  My teacher tried to support and motivate me but I never took the initiative to learn to love reading. My parents were there for me to help me with my homework and academics. But, I only read books that were assigned by the teacher.

It’s easy to give a child a book to read, but to motivate a child to read is another story. Teachers do their best to support and motivate children to read. But, parents need to do more. They need to be proactive in motivating their children to read.  How can you get your child to love reading? Parents, here’s what you can do to motivate your child.

  • Take your child to the bookstore, introduce them to all book genres, don’t get them stuck on one book or book series. Motivate them to read other books besides their favorite.
  • Buddy read with your kids.   Buddy reading is a paired reading strategy used in help students work together and encourages support peer-assisted learning.  Why not parental buddy reading? Your child needs your support,  so take turns reading aloud to each other.  Buddy reading with your child will show your support and help them to enjoy and love reading.
  • Help them to feel good about reading.  Ask questions about the book they’re reading.  Make them know that you are interested in what they are reading
  • For parents,  show your child that you love reading too.  Designate time in your schedule to read.  When your child sees you’re interested and love reading, it might spark interest and motivate him or her to read too.

Start motivating your child to read at an early age.  This will help them develop good reading habits and skills and help them perform well in school.

Interested to know your thoughts. How can we do more to motivate our children to read?

Janet Homes

Helping Children Become Better Learners Through Readin

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Helping Children Become Better Learners Through Readin

“Guess What Happens Next” A Great Approach To Get Children Engaged And Interested In Reading.

Written by: Janet Homes

Illustrated by: Lisa Falkenstern

Yes, writing is one of many passions, but writing children’s books has always been close to my heart.  I’ve been writing short children stories and poems for many years. Now, it’s time to let the world know what I love to do in my spare time, write.  I was fortunate to have Lisa Falkenstern, a gifted, creative and talented illustrator to create the drawings for the book.  I would like to thank  Lisa for the hard work and dedication in helping this book come to life.

I was inspired to write an educational, sing-along, children’s adventure chapter book that tells the story through rhymes and songs for young readers. This book is full of non-stop adventure and colorful characters.  Children will love the rhymes and songs in each chapter.

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What makes this book different from other adventure chapter books ?

The Adventures of Cotton Sinclair Pegasus Island is entertaining and makes reading enjoyable.  This book allows the reader to interact with the story.  In my 16 years working with children,  I have found children want to listen to the story and take part and predict what might happen next. As a read aloud, when the reader gets to the phrase,”Guess What”, he or she must pause to allow the listening audience to predict.  I believe this method gives the reader or listener time to mull over the story and guess.

Why wait to the end of the chapter or book to respond or ask questions.  You don’t want to restrict a child’s self-expression, creativity and imagination.  The “Guess What Happens Next” method will help children in the following ways:

Children responses will help in reading comprehension and listening skills.

Increases a child’s self-expression, creativity and imagination.

Help children remember details in the story.

Encourage conversation and participation.

Keep children interested, engaged and make reading enjoyable.

 

The “Guess What Happens Next” is an excellent way to get children interested and excited about reading.

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Can you guess the meaning of this picture?  Answer revealed in book.