How to Keep Children Reading Books

How can you keep children reading books? Kids tend to really dislike reading and it can be quite a difficult task to get them into opening books!

But reading is essential. Reading not only increases children’s vocabulary and literacy skills. Many expert studies have shown and proven that reading also has an effect on the brain and actually increases children’s intelligence. Children who read often and who enjoy reading also tend to do well in school and become more intelligent and successful individuals later in life.

Reading therefore is very important and parents can play a key role in keeping their children reading books. They can help them feel comfortable with books and make them enjoy spending hours reading and exploring a book. That’s why a child’s bedroom should always contain many books especially ones designed for children. Kids should be able to easily pick a book and explore it in their bedroom.

Parents should encourage children to read from an early age. Even toddlers can be introduced to reading with picture books. There are many beautiful picture books that children can really enjoy and that can help them develop a love for reading early on. Parents can explore them with their kids and pictures are ideal before bedtime.

How should parents read a picture book? When reading a picture book, parents should change the tone of their voice and read clearly and slowly so that the toddler understands the book. Parents should not hesitate to read the same story over and over again especially if the toddler likes it.

For older children, parents should not hesitate to get quality comic books for their kids. There are actually excellent comic books available that are instructive, well-written and that can get children into developing a taste for reading. Children’s encyclopedias can also encourage kids to read and they can also help with the schoolwork. Children’s encyclopedias are actually fantastic educational books, they are designed specifically for children and they keep children reading books. They are ideal fo children as they contain lots of images and are easy to read.

Parents shouldn’t hesitate also to get books specifically designed for children and that contain crossword puzzles, analogies and decoding messages. There are also books that can help children improve language skills, increase their vocabulary and have them learn interesting facts from cross-curricular topics.

Beautiful Paintings Created By Spray Paint Art

Spray Paint Art is the technique of creating amazing pictures by manipulating paint on posterboard. Paintings can also be performed on other mediums such as car bonnets and motorbike fuel tanks to quote two examples, but in general you’ll see artists creating masterpieces on paper.

Aerosolgrafia is the term given to this art form in Mexico where Spray Painting was first performed, back in the nineteen seventies. With it’s roots in street art, performers would make their living by producing works of art for the tourist trade and sell these direct from the pavement.

Until recently your best chance at catching a spray paint art session from an artist, would’ve been to visit a city or tourist hot spot where these artists perform. However, the internet has made the world smaller and you can now watch artists from all over the world without leaving the comfort of your living room. An added benefit is that you can learn their skills online, as they show you what to do with just a few spray paint cans and some newspaper.

The way the art works is very simple, but expert practitioners can often leave you bewildered by their forward planning, which makes the reveals even more stunning.

You choose the basic colours for the scene and spray them down onto the posterboard, generally starting with the lighter colours. Then you remove layers of paint to your satisfaction using newspaper or magazine sheets. You can do this in a variety of ways, experimenting is all part of the fun.

Household items such as bowls and plates are used as templates to mask off a textured area you’ve created. By spraying around the template you can create planets, pyramids and other objects. When you become more advanced you can create your own stencils and pretty much recreate any object or landscape you wish.

The most popular or common subject matter is undoubtedly the space theme and this might focus on planets, pyramids, both or neither, but certainly these two objects are the easiest to practice when you’re learning the art.

Spectacular planets and mystical pyramids are what draw the crowds in and this in turn is what helps the artist make more sales. People are not used to seeing these unreal picture types and this other worldly feeling attracts tourists to the display. Artists who expand their horizons into other topics often stand out more, especially online where you’ll find thousands of space art pictures, but relatively few portraits of other subjects.

Nature is a more common alternative to space for spray paint themes and this topic allows artists to show their skills recreating rocks, plants, trees and animals. These objects are more difficult to paint, so are usually reserved for the more experienced artist who has tight hand skills required to make subtle movements within the painting.

If this article has whetted your appetite for a new creative hobby or pastime, you’ll need to know what supplies you require to get started. It’s not an expensive hobby as spray cans only cost a few pounds and last a reasonable length of time – depending on how often you’re painting. The rest of the objects can generally be found around your home.

A lovely benefit to spray painting is the money you can make from it if you get good. When your painting reach a good standard, get out onto the pavements and do live shows or create a website and link to it via YouTube!

Developing a Musical Child

“Music has a power of forming the character, and should therefore be introduced into the education of the young.” ~Socrates

Parents who put their children to musical learning at a young age must have known that they are putting in a very good investment. All the more enlightened are parents who enroll their young in MUSIC and MOVEMENT classes, where a musical child is developed before a child musician is made.

In a musical environment where foundational musical experiences involving the whole child – mind, body and spirit – form the basis of the developmental process, a solid musical foundation is laid that ensures much more sustainable musical development for the child in years to come. Such musical foundation includes developing a true passion and motivation for this art, musical discernment, auditory acuity, pitch and rhythmic competence, motor coordination, and expressiveness.

As an area of learning, music is a challenging topic that requires perseverance and inspirations. Many children had ‘fallen out’ with their musical pursuit within a short time because they were ‘jump-started’ in their musical development, going into learning to play an instrument before any of the above musical skills were in place. It is evident in children who were fortunate enough to be nurtured musically before being put to the rigors of formal music instructions, which they are much more likely to thrive and succeed in playing the instrument well.

The type of pre-instrumental music instructions that nurtures holistically a musical child should be started as early as infancy, but taken to a higher plane at 4 – 6 years of age. These are often weekly group sessions that engage children in a fun and developmentally appropriate manner. The following areas of development must be in place:

Vocal development – the voice is the most important musical instrument that every child possesses. A musical child ought to be able to sing in pitch.

Listening development – the human ear is able to process information and discriminate between sound sources and discern qualities of sounds. It also governs attention and focus. A musical child will have a high command of this important sensory faculty.

Movement development – dexterity, and coordination are motor skills required to play instruments well. Children who have danced and moved and experienced use of their body in a variety of ways will be able to transfer the same skills onto instrumental playing with ease. Music, when played expressively on an instrument, needs to be supported by an equally expressive body movement. A musical child will be relaxed and uninhibited in expressing his music through the body.

Simple Instrumental Play that promotes eye-hand coordination and pitch association – the skill of reading music and playing at the same time is a challenge faced by many musicians. A young child can be prepared for this by working with simple melodic instruments like xylophones or glockenspiels.

Musical ensemble works – music is a community art form that is most enjoyable when playing together with others. Different tasks requiring different levels of competence in a musical ensemble allow children of different abilities to enjoy playing together and making ‘complex’ music. Ensemble opportunities in music classes also promote focus and confidence – both important traits for musicians.

Music Literacy – reading and writing and composing music can be as easy as ABC if the child starts learning musical notations and putting them in musical context. This can start at age 4.

• Learning about musical styles and genres, composers, musical instruments, and musical terminology – these are all knowledge that widens a musical child’s horizon.

To accomplish all these, the weekly session should be at least 60 minutes long and preferably inclusive of parents or caregiver in a portion of the session. So that each child gets sufficient individual attention, the group should not be larger than 12 – 15.

If the child loves what he does in a music class, he will be much more likely to make music his life-long passion, whether or not he chooses the path of becoming a professional musician.

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