Salem Community Patriot August 20, 2010 - 11
Tips to sharpen your child’s reading skills
avoid summer reading. If your child hasn’t picked up a book or
enough books this summer, there is still time to encourage them to do so. Suzanne Poole, TD Bank’s executive vice president of retail sales strategy and distribution of- fers these tips: * Read stories with your child and ask
questions about the stories. * Let your child choose books about
subjects in which they are interested. * Set aside some time each day or week
as reading time so it is a scheduled activity. * Encourage your child to say words and
phrases out loud. * Practice sounding out words your child
may have difficulty reading. * Provide the word your child is strug-
gling with so that he/she doesn’t become frustrated and lose the enjoyment of the experience. * Offer them incentive as motivation.
The end of summer vacation may be ap-
proaching, but there is still plenty of time for youth to read a few books to refresh their reading skills before starting school. While many grown-ups jump at the
chance to read books and magazines on vacation, children are often quick to drop the book and run toward the waves when hitting the beach, pool or campground. While everyone reminisces about those summer days from childhood, the truth is that in this age of video games, DVD play- ers in cars and text-messaging teens, youth are less likely to pick up a book than ever. That may come at a price. According to educators, summer reading
is critical in continuing good academic performance and advancing literacy skills. Studies show that children who read
several books during the summer maintain or surpass the reading skills they achieved during the previous school year. James Kim, an assistant education professor at Harvard University, claims students who read four or more books over the summer do better than those who didn’t when they return to school in the fall. Various studies show that the “summer
slide,” a dip in reading and writing skills, occurs when schools let out in June, and youth leave the classroom and studies behind until September. Research from groups such as Scholastic and the National Summer Learning Association documents that skills decrease more significantly among moderate- to low-income students, and that the summer slide increases year after year for children who continue to
Not in the sense that you are bribing them to read, but showing them that hard work offers rewards. TD Bank’s Summer Read- ing Program encourages kids to read and teaches them about saving money by con- tributing $10 into a new or existing young savers account for each child who reads 10 books throughout the summer. To sign up, visit www.tdbank.com/summerreading
. * Have fun. If you’re reading this as you pack for
your end-of summer trip, start running your kids to pre-season sports practices or hit the store for back-to-school supplies, think about picking up some books for your kids. Experts suggest even one or two books will help.
- Courtesy of ARAcontent Be Smart: Stay School Bus-Safe
School buses are essential modes of transportation, taking thousands of students to and from school every day. While school bus accidents are rare, riders should still practice safety aboard and around the bus. In the early days of education, students were educated in local schools within walking distance. If they needed to travel, it was by horse-drawn wagon. As the nation’s roadways began to evolve, so did the methods of getting children to school. Eventually school buses became the norm. In an effort to prevent injuries, representatives from 48 states met in 1939 to establish safety standards for school buses. Since then, several meetings, known as the National Conferences on School Transportation, have taken place to modify safety procedures and standards. In addition to safety procedures regarding ridership, school buses are built with certain standards in mind. Mirrors, lights, braking systems and the like are regulated to provide the utmost safety to passengers. While catastrophic accidents involving school buses are very rare, buses are built to handle much more than the occasional run-ins with passenger cars and light trucks.
Maintaining school bus safety is a team effort. Students need to do their
part while riding the bus. Here are the safety precautions that should be followed. * Walk to the bus stop, don’t run. * Always use caution when crossing roadways. * Walk on the sidewalk whenever possible. If no sidewalk is present, walk in the opposite di- rection of traffic to be aware of on-coming traffic. * Don’t fool around at the bus stop. Accidents can happen when individuals are unaware of their surroundings or distracted.
* Stand at the bus stop in a safe location. Do not enter the street. * Arrive at the bus stop early so there is no need to rush and be distracted. * Wait for the school bus to come to a com- plete stop and for other traffic to halt before approaching the bus.
* Promptly take a seat, and remain seated throughout the entire ride. If there are safety belts present, use them. * Do not distract the bus
driver with loud yelling, mu- sic, etc. * Don’t throw anything around the bus. * Keep the aisle clear to
avoid tripping hazards. * Follow the driver’s in- structions in the event of an emergency.
* Remain seated until the bus
has stopped at a particular drop- off location. * When exiting the bus, take three steps away from the bus so that visibility of the driver is improved. * Watch for traffic when crossing the street. Always cross in front of the bus.
* If something is forgotten on the bus, don’t try to run back and retrieve it. The driver may not expect a student to be returning to the bus.
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